It’s no secret that coding is quickly becoming an essential and very bargaining tool in the career world. With our environment steadily converting anything it can into it’s digital equivalent, it’s no surprise that projection predict that in 2020, there will be close to 1 million more computer science jobs than actual computer science students. London based Kuato Studios created Hakitzu Elite to teach kids STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) through gameplay.
Hakitzu Elite’s latest version launched in time for teacher and students alike during Code.org’s Computer Science Education Week, which includes an “Hour of Code” initiative.
“We hear from kids around the world over and over – ‘We want to learn code,’” said Studio Head of Kuato Mark Horneff. “What we are doing here is taking coding and gaming, and merging them together to engage students of all ages, and for Computer Science Week, we’re opening it up to as many people as possible.”
Hakitzu Elite’s tutorial simultaneously teaches kids ( or willing adults) how to play, while immersing them in a coding bootcamp. Upon completion of the coding bootcamp, players can then graduate to the next level of coding difficulty, varying from “tap and play” to entering code by memory. To gain even more confidence in what they’ve learned, players can also participate in single player challenges or battle in an arena against their friends. As the player gains “Coding Ranks”, points are accumulated and can be spent in the “Chop Shop” to build and modify their own ultimate fighting robot, also known as “Code Walkers”!