The folks behind ThoughtSTEM, a company co-founded by CSE graduate students to offer computer science education to children and teens, have now come up with a software package that allows students to learn how to program on their own while playing the computer game, Minecraft. Called LearnToMod, the software is essentially a textbook that covers all introductory programming concepts. According to company founder and CSE Ph.D. student Stephen Foster, “Our goal is to teach kids computer science while they’re having fun.”
In addition to Foster, co-founders of ThoughtSTEM include CSE Ph.D. student Sarah Esper, and Biochemistry Ph.D. student Lindsey Handley, all from UC San Diego. The LearnToMod software will be delivered in October, but it is available for pre-order for $30 here. Also beginning in October, ThoughtSTEM will launch an online course designed for students who are just learning to program using LearnToMod, and students can earn college credit through UC San Diego for completing the online course.
Read the full news release.
Watch a video about LearnToMod and Minecraft on YouTube.