Code-It has been designed and produced to help kids explore the FUN-damentals of computer coding, through Nickelodeon characters including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob SquarePants and Breadwinners, as well as complementing the new national curriculum.
Code-It is aimed at kids aged 6 to 12 and is available free to use online through the Nickelodeon web site.
Through Code-It kids can manipulate a variety of Nickelodeon characters; animating them to move, change their expression, their size and more.
Providing 'how-to' videos and graduated levels of difficulty to encourage and challenge all users, Code-It has been designed to promote and support an understanding of coding syntax, employing a specially-created coding language that is aligned to commonly-used code.
Rewards & Challenges
As users gain more confidence, taking on more complex coding tasks and animating more Nickelodeon characters, they will earn special rewards - badges visible to other Code-It users. More experienced coders will also be able to write their own code in the Advanced Code Editor.
Users will also be encouraged to challenge themselves and take part in Solve-It challenges, such as making SpongeBob dance. New challenges will be added over time.
Once a user has programmed a sequence, they can upload it to the animation gallery where other Nick.co.uk users will be able to view both the finished animation and edit the code used to produce it. Users can also submit an animation to be selected by Nickelodeon to form part of the popular 'Do Not Touch Button', Nick.co.uk's random animation generator.
Code-It has been developed by Nickelodeon UK and digital agency Tilt.