Computers. They're everywhere in our lives these days. But, as far as I know, they're magic boxes filled with elves and sprites. Most of the time, they work. Sometimes, the gnomes go on a coffee break and everything stops working for whatever reason. But what's really going on is programming. The future will require a lot of people all well-versed in the language of computers and Grammin Adventure looks to start that early by teaching the basics of programming in a fun and exciting way. The game is up on Kickstarter now.
From the campaign:
Since April 2020, the programming became a mandatory course for elementary school children in Japan. As people turn their interest toward the programming education, COVID-19 outbreak occurred and the state of emergency was declared. I used to be away from home a lot, but all of sudden, I started working from home and spending more time with my kids than ever before.
One day, my 8 year-old son and I came up with an idea to create a new board game to have more fun at home. I always wanted to buy a board game which helps children learn basics of programming thinking, so we rushed to a DIY store to buy a cardboard to make it. That is how our project of "Grammin Adventure" began.
When we actually started the project, making the board game itself was so much fun, and further, reminded me of the excitement I had in the process of designing its rules and finding the most exciting ways to play when I was creating new board games and computer games by using BASIC with my friends during my elementary school years. I then noticed that "the learning from the process of shaping ideas" is the essence of programming education.
We wanted to share our new board game including this process itself with many parents and children to play and enjoy it, as we believed that it would contribute to more enjoyable staying-at-home experience as well as the development of programming education. As such, we launched the Japanese language version of "Grammin Adventure" basic edition on 1st July, 2020.
The game is about halfway to its goal with 24 days left to go.