BBC has announced a new online game “The Doctor and the Dalek” for its CBBC audiences. In this game, kids will have to help the popular time-travelling Doctor Who in his new adventure. The game will inspire kids to learn programming skills as they help Doctor Who in his quest to destroy his enemies and save the universe.
The Doctor and the Dalek features the voice narration of Peter Capaldi, who is the current doctor. The story has been written by Phil Ford, the writer of TV shows Doctor Who and Wizard vs Aliens.. The game is a part of BBC’s “Make it Digital” initiative and aims to encourage kids to learn coding and programming while having fun.
The game has a variety of puzzles where the player has to program Dalek to power him up so that he can perform various tasks. The challenges become difficult as the game progresses. The puzzles are based on the new computing curriculum in UK and children can learn computer programming as they play the game. Children will have to combine instructions to reach a goal, changing variables for behavior, using repetition and loops as well as logical reasoning.
“We’re really excited about the launch of The Doctor and the Dalek as not only is it a really entertaining platform game for kids to play but it’s also a great introduction to some key principles of computer programming,” said Sinéad Rocks, Head of BBC Learning. “Every puzzle has a strong link to the KS2 or KS3 computer science curriculum. So we think it’s going to be a really valuable tool for students, parents and teachers.”
Let us see if The Doctor and the Dalek succeeds in entertaining kids as well as inducing them to learn some basic programming skills as it is meant to do. The game is available for free at www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc.