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Microsoft Research Uses Xbox 360 as Teaching Tool

03-08-2007, 08:59 PM
As per TeamXbox:

Microsoft Research Uses Xbox 360 as Teaching Tool
By: CÚsar A. Berardini - "Cesar"
Mar. 8th, 2007 5:36 pm

At the Microsoft Research TechFest 2007, the company's annual showcase of research projects, the software giant unveiled several new technologies, including an application that uses the Xbox platform as a teaching tool. Boku: Lightweight Programming for Kids is designed to give children early exposure to the principles of software engineering.

This application lets kids as young as four years of age to use the Xbox 360 to program Boku, a virtual robot in a simulated world. Kids learn to program the robot so it can interact with its world, travel around among various objects the kids create, and even eat an apple...

"It's very much like playing a game," Microsoft Research Senior Vice President Rick Rashid said.

"But it's a serious endeavor that we believe will begin to interest kids in programming and eventually make them more comfortable tackling the really big challenges in computer science."