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Kodu Cup competition

A screenshot from one of the games developed on Kodu

Microsoft is encouraging technology and design among the youth with competitions like this year’s Kodu Cup:

Calling all US kids! Announcing the Kodu Cup Game Design Competition!! Here is your chance to make a great game using Kodu and submit it for a chance to win some great prizes! You can see all the details at

Described as “A visual programming language made specifically for creating games. Accessible for children and enjoyable for anyone…”

The Kodu language is designed specifically for game development and provides specialized primitives derived from gaming scenarios. Programs are expressed in physical terms, using concepts like vision, hearing, and time to control character behavior. While not as general-purpose as classical programming languages, Kodu can express advanced game design concepts in a simple, direct, and intuitive manner.

Kids aged 9 – 17 can design their own games and get support online. It could be worth passing on to the young designer/engineer in your life…or you can try it out for yourself 🙂




Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.