From Hogwarts to hackers
Undergraduate design project creating a prototype educational programming environment for the Raspberry Pi.
The design brief was:
Many children are more interested in imaginative stories than tinkering with circuit boards. But they need not be excluded from Raspberry Pi. The goal of this project is to create a multiplayer online game, where each room of a castle runs on a different Raspberry Pi. The owner of that Pi should be able to define surroundings, objects, characters and scripted interactions (e.g. to learn spells or solve challenges) as well as visiting other player's rooms. Players get to learn about network topologies, scripting languages and command lines - but all while having sociable fun. A text adventure game might be the best choice - for example, of the kind that can be created with plot scripting language Inform7, or LambdaMOO, but you are free to attempt simple graphics or other presentation styles.
Undergraduate group design projects