A number of educational games have been created to help students programming. Many of these games focus on problem solving and the actual act of writing programs, while very few focus on programming comprehension. Unlike other serious programming games, Robot ON! focuses on comprehension rather than problem-solving challenges; players do not actually write any programs, but are instead given the task of demonstrating their knowledge and understanding of a program’s behaviour. Robot ON! includes tools that allow players to demonstrate understanding of variable values, data types, program statements, and control flow.
- Michael A. Miljanovic, Jeremy S. Bradbury. “Robot ON!: A Serious Game for Improving Programming Comprehension,” Proc. of the 5th International Workshop on Games and Software Engineering (GAS 2016), pages 33-36, Austin, Texas, USA, May 2016.
POSTERS AND DEMOS:
- Michael A. Miljanovic, Scott McLean, Jeremy S. Bradbury. “Robot ON!: A Serious Game for Program Comprehension”, In Technology Showcase at the 26th Annual International Conference on Computer Science and Software Engineering (CASCON 2016), Markham, ON, Canada, Oct. 2016.