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Over the past year, our Engineering and Product teams have been working hard to build an online portal where kids can track and measure their performance. Today, we've officially launched our achievement system, Chart Your Course, where kids can earn achievement badges unlock points for completing coding challenges that range in difficulty level.
I sat down with our SVP Product, Priya Mathew, to learn more about the significance of our new achievement system, how we track and measure success, and what this new system means for our coders.
Tell us more about the achievement system!
Priya: Yes! Our achievement system is an effective way for kids to monitor and track their coding progress. Through this system, kids earn achievement badges, unlock skill points, and level up in our four key skill areas: Coding Genius, Creative Space, Habitat Hacking and Human Factors.
To earn a badge, kids must complete a set of mini coding challenges and offline activities that range in difficulty level. These activities and challenges include: importing Objects, using Events, building algorithms, publishing a game to the Codeverse App Store, or helping de-bug a friend’s code. In addition to earning badges, every interaction with Codeverse earns skill points. These points are a representation of progress through our curriculum.
We’re excited that points and badges are part of our curriculum because they are a concept that kids are familiar with in the gaming world, but when applied in an educational context, they can help encourage growth and exploration.
Sounds cool! Can you tell me more about the four skill areas that the achievement system focuses on?
Priya: Great question. Here is a breakdown of the four areas that we track.
- Coding Genius - From Conditionals to Methods, learn the universal concepts of computer programming.
- Creative Space - Boost creativity and strengthen problem-solving skills by developing mobile apps and games.
- Human Factors - Learn to work in teams, de-bug a friend's code, and celebrate each other's successes.
- Habitat Hacking - Program concert-hall lights, TVs, and other cutting-edge gadgets featured inside the studio!
Since our expert Guides work every day in the studio with kids, we are able to track all aspects of their learning to personalize the kids experience and share progress with families through our Parent Portal.
As kids progress through our curriculum, how do they level up?
Priya: As kids earn skill points they can level up in our different skills areas. One great thing about the system is while we nudge kids to learn across the breadth of skills, kids can level up at their own pace and follow their own interests and path.
How do kids access our achievement system at home or at the studio?
Priya: Kids now have a profile in their Codeverse accounts where they can choose an avatar and see the achievement badges they have earned. In the Skills tab, they can see their skill points, as well as levels and activities to earn more achievement badges.
Parents can login into the Parent Portal at account.codeverse.com and click “View Skills Progress” on their kid’s name card. That will show them an overview of their kids progress towards skills. They can click the arrow at the end of each bar to see a full breakdown of what challenges and activities kids successfully completed to earn skill points and badges.
To learn more about our achievement system and how we track and measure student success, please email our team at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you!