In 2009, Microsoft first announced Kodu, a new set of game development tools that the company made specifically so that young children could learn about coding and game development. Today, Microsoft announced that Kodu will be the focal point of a new contest in its Imagine Cup technology development competition.
Microsoft's press release states that the new Imagine Cup Kodu Challenge will offer students in two different age (9–12 and 13–18) a chance to win cash prizes for the best games made via the Kodu tools. Microsoft says that since it launched in 2009, the Kodu tools have been downloaded near one-half million times and that 16,000 games have been created with the tools.
For this challenge, participants will explore the relationships between water and people through the medium of Kodu video games. Although the only limits for these kids are their imaginations, the partnership with Mercy Corps offers the chance to learn and explore water-related issues, including disaster relief, clean-water engineering projects and much more, through a video series on the Kodu Challenge website.
Applications begin today and end on May 17th. The students with the best games in each age bracket will win $3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place.
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