This game is intended to teach basic coding concepts and inspire users, especially young women, to learn how to code.
"The best part of working on this project was probably working together with a group to get the final project to be functional. It was stressful, but it was a lot of fun. Hard work pays off!"
Knowing how to code is almost as important as knowing how to read in this very technologically forward world. Computers are a part of almost every job, and knowing how to tell them what to do is essential.
Another issue that this game addresses is specifically getting girls to consider programming as a possible component of a future career. Many speculate that the dearth of women in tech is partially due to a vicious cycle--the lack of women in technological roles contributes to young girls' lack of interest in technical jobs. It can be difficult to identify with men who fill prestigious technical positions. To help fix this problem, Potential features a female main character who learns how to code.
This game runs in a web browser. Arrow keys are used to progress through animated cutscenes and the mouse is used to click and drag game components. During the simulated coding portion of the game, there is a link to a help document with extra explanation about how the interface works. The level included in this demo teaches repeating.
Organization: Girls Who Code
Project Link: View Project Demo
Student: Giselle Serate
Project Team Members: Giselle Serate, Jeanelle Tanhueco, Sarah Yasko
Type of Work: Collaboration
Location: Bay Area - Intel
Grade: 12th Grade
Year Created: 2015
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