It’s estimated that by 2020 there will be 1 million unfilled computer science jobs than qualified applicants. This inspired me to build a prototype game about coding that teaches computer science fundamentals in virtual reality and in 3D through the browser. I hope this project will help to inspire, attract and empower the next generation of computer programmers.
What it does
How I built it
Since the idea was to create an application that will teach programming in VR and 3D, I had to figure out how to make the app usable in both case. The first approach involved creating a text IDE within the scene that would allow users to type the code, but that idea would not workout because VR users will not be able to access the keyboard that easily. So I had to think of another way to allow users to code within the scene. While doing some research I came across a block-based programing library called Blockly, this library is used for creating visual block programming languages and editors, this was perfect for my project as it would allow VR users to drag blocks around with a pointer and also allow browser users to drag blocks with a mouse, track-pad or touchscreen.
Challenges I ran into
Making the Blockly library work with Amazon Sumerian was a bit of a challenge.
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
Creating something that might inspired the next generation of computer programmers.
What I learned
It was my first time using Amazon Sumerian and I learned a lot about it.
What's next for Virtual Coder
Next I plan to add more levels with more programming concepts for players to learn, I also plan to add other game modes to make the game more fun and also add better visuals.
Note: This game is intended to work both as a VR and 3D application, but it has not been tested with any VR hardware yet.