Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Disney launches coding tool for kids using characters from' Moana'

Disney has launched a free online tool to teach kids the basics of computer science, featuring characters from the new Disney film "Moana."

“Moana: Wayfinding with Code,” announced the site and activations across the world that invite millions of students to learn how to code. Created in close collaboration with Code.org, the tutorial will be available in more than 180 countries and 23 languages.

The tutorial follows the film’s lead characters Moana and Maui as they sail through unknown territory across the ocean. Through the adventures, kids learn basic coding commands that help steer the boat. When Moana and Maui are attacked by the Kakamora—coconut-clad warriors—they must use coding skills to dodge their pirate projectiles, according to a new release from Disney.

“Today’s students are tomorrow’s storytellers and with this tutorial we’re working to introduce them to the technological skills they will need to bring their stories to life,” Jimmy Pitaro, chairman, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) said in the release.

Over the past two years, Disney has hosted two Hour of Code tutorials, featuring characters from Disney’s Frozen and from Star Wars. I
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