Grad your friends & disconnect from the digital world with these fun science & tech board games.
Who says learning can’t be fun? There are plenty of ways you can learn essential STEAM-related skills while also making a game out of it. If you find yourself bored over the Christmas holidays and want something to keep you entertained, pick up some of these brain-ticking games and get thinking!
Fancy making your own game, but can’t really code anything yet? Try Bloxels, the game within a game! Build levels using physical cubes on a grid, then scan it into the game’s app and watch as your level becomes a reality. This is a fantastic way to learn about grid-based game design without any of the code.
Code & Go Robot
Maze games are fun, but what if you’re not directly controlling the character going through the maze? WHat if you had to pre-program the character with the directions and see if you got the solution correct? This is the concept behind the Code & Go robot. Build a maze, program the little mouse, and let it go. See if you can beat the maze with just your mental deduction alone.
If making a mouse go through a maze isn’t action-packed enough for you, why not pilot a battle bot instead? This board game has everyone take control of a battle droid who has to make it out of the other side of a gruelling obstacle course. The problem is, everyone has to pre-program their robots at the start of each turn, meaning everyone gets in each other’s way. The robots end up slamming each other into pits and firing at one another, regardless of if the pilots meant it or not!
Mastermind is a game all about logical deduction. One player secretly makes a code out of four colours, and the player has to decipher what the code is. The player’s only input is a board where they can arrange their guess of what the code is. Once the player locks in their guess, the code setter lets the player know if their guess’ colours are in the correct spot, are the correct colour but in the wrong place, or not in the code whatsoever. The player then keeps guessing until they work out the colour code.
If you’d like to learn the logic behind programming before you jump into the real thing, try Code Master. This is a game that presents a world to you, which you have to beat to advance. The
problem is, you interact with the game using a code-inspired movement system. Instead of moving the hero where you like, you have to create a string of instructions which is designed to be similar to how a computer reads code. Get all the gems and reach the portal using your code to win the level!
Code & Go Robot
Also In The December 2018 Issue
Create colourful geometric patterns in SketchUp inspired by the Great Mosque of Cordoba.
Meet BOLT, Sphero’s newest robot equipped with ambient light sensors.
Learn how to use animated GIFs to create proper animation loops in Scratch.
Create an electronic obstacle course and test the steadiness of your hands as you navigate through.
Resources to help you master programming without breaking the budget.
What’s allowed in an e-mail address? Let’s break down the syntax.
Throwing your old tech in the trash is bad for the environment. Check out some safer, cleaner alternatives.
New, crafty mods that’ll push your Minecraft design skills to new levels.
Part philosophical paradox, part coding puzzle, quines are sure to tease and challenge your brain!
5 questions with the designer pushing innovation in 3D printed clothes.
Harness bash to become the ghost haunting your own computer.
Get lost in a mess of infinite lists with this kooky, lazy language.
All work and no play makes it harder for kids to learn, especially those with anxiety and learning disabilities.
Dive into the nuts & bolts of storing pictures and files on your computer.
A clever AI is creating twisted, surreal art. Math or magic?
Two doors hide a zonk, and one door hides a prize. Can probability & statistics help you pick the right one?
How can you tell if a credit card number is valid or invalid? Meet the Luhn algorithm, one of many checksums helping us keep the internet in order.
Learn about the Destination Dispatch algorithm and create your own robotic lift.
Grab your friends & disconnect from the digital world with these fun science & tech board games.
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Interesting stories about computer science, software programming, and technology for December 2018.
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