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Potato Pirates: The Tastiest Coding Card Game

Let’s go back to our school times when kilometers of nonsense were written on the board. It was a bit tough to keep focus and motivated when nothing interesting was happening. Fortunately, things have changed over time. Creativity, design, and technology are now helping school teachers to connect with their students in a much more fun and effective way. That’s what Potato Pirates is all about!  

The new way of learning

We all know how important computer programming is these days. The sooner children start learning the basics, the better opportunities they will have in the future. But sometimes the logical rules and language can be tricky and hard to get for some students. Codomo is a Singapore-based education technology company, whose main goal is to cultivate the love for learning. That's why they designed this incredible card game. Potato Pirates takes screens away, giving special importance to the social interaction and fundamental concepts of programming.

How Potato Pirates works

The concept of the pirate’s battle gives a well-known background for the game, as is a recurrent topic in the children’s world. Attack others, steal ships or destroy crew, are concepts completely familiar to them thanks to the movie industry. The novelty here is to do it by applying programming concepts, such as loops or conditionals. Instead of being 10 hours in front of the computer trying to get something out of all that mess, 30 minutes playing Potato Pirates will go through the same concepts in a much more clear, catchy and effective way.

The effects of the game

First of all, when teachers propose to play a game, students tend to relax and think it will be effortless. They want to have fun, win, and forget they’re at school. That’s the best part of it: they learn without even noticing, just by doing something pleasant.

According to the research made my Codomo, there is an 85% rise in interest in learning coding after playing Potato Pirates and a 78% increase in confidence in learning. The results are outstanding, as 9 out of 10 students showed an improvement in the understanding of fundamental programming after playing just one hour! Is that possible in a traditional lecture?

Complicated concepts such as loops, while loops, nested loops, and If-else, were understood and applied by the big majority of students. Testimonies of teachers and children demonstrate how effective, fun and easy to play the game is. But especially how good alternative for learning is, results speak for themselves.

Not only for school

However, not all objectives can be accomplished if we relay completely in the school. Playing at home is entertaining, easy and make parents more involved in the educational process of the children. It doesn’t need any sort of modification as the game itself is completely accessible.

Game night with friends is also strongly recommended. Instead of being all night in front of the screen playing video games, Potato Pirates offers an offline, enjoyable and competitive game that everyone loves. Social interaction is decreasing dramatically among teenagers and this sort of games are essential to encourage it.

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by Franca Levin

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by Franca Levin