Programming is a valuable skill for kids of all ages to pick up, and when they learn by playing with their favourite characters and games it's even more fun. Code.org has two new tutorials that will appeal to many kids based on Minecraft and Star Wars.
The Minecraft interactive tutorial has kids choosing between Steve and Alex for their character and then dragging and dropping code blocks to get their character to mine, explore, and craft in the very familiar Minecraft world (complete with that haunting music). There are 14 challenges available now, rated for kids ages 6 and up, and it looks like more languages will be added soon.
These incredibly fun tools are part of the Hour of Code taking place during Computer Science Education Week (December 7 to 13).
Code Studio [Code.org]