Code Your Toy Box

Develop critical thinking skills through video game design

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Audience:

  • Ages 6-10 (Primary/elementary students)
  • Ages 11-14 (Middle grade students)
  • Ages 14-19 (Secondary/high school students)

What’s the goal of this kit?

  • Learn computer science concepts in a 3D virtual environment with iconic Disney characters.
  • Enjoy collaborative, creative problem solving through video game design.
  • Develop public speaking skills by participating in individual and team projects.

Why is this topic important?

  • Students can start to learn programming in a fun way.

What do I need to know about this activity?

  • Despite Disney Infinity’s cancellation, the Toy Box can still be ordered for the PC through STEAM, and this activity kit’s tutorial Toy Boxes can be used there. You don’t need any programming experience – simply a joy in creative problem solving. Possible venues of this kit include:
    • Hour-of-Code events
    • Summer Tech Camps or other seasonal programs through a library or other community center
    • After-school game design clubs
    • At-home self-paced learning through play
  • Hardware requirements are PC(s) with graphics accelerator cards. As an alternative, LiquidSky now provides gaming-as-a-service, if clients are geographically within range of their many supported data centers. Their site is: https://liquidsky.tv/
  • The gold version of Disney Infinity 3.0 software must be purchased and downloaded through STEAM at http://store.steampowered.
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  • You should spend several hours familiarizing yourself with the Toy Box editor, the tutorial Toy Boxes from this activity kit, and the associated interfaces of the Creativi-Toys.
    • A wired Xbox 360 controller for each PC is highly recommended.
    • A large-screen TV or projection screen, if available, is useful for tutorial videos.
  • IBMers can apply volunteering hours to their THINK40 total.

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Languages available:

  • English
  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese (Brazil)
  • Spanish (L.A.)
  • Swedish

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