This morning Microsoft announced a new Imagine Cup competition that is aimed at game developers in the 9-18 years old range. The Imagine Cup Kodu Challenge is designed around Kodu, an easy to learn game creation tool kit and programming language.
Scott Fintel, producer for Kodu at Microsoft said:
"Microsoft developed Kodu to transform programming from a skill perceived as overly difficult to grasp to one that is fun and kid-friendly. By getting students interested in game design at an early age through Imagine Cup, it's our hope they will acquire new skills that will translate into a lifelong passion for computer programming and computer science and will encourage them to explore STEM-related careers in the future."
The Kodu environment can be downloaded for free on Windows based computers and has generated over 16,000 kid-created games since its release. The Imagine Cup Kodu Challenge begins today and runs through May 17th 2013 and features two age brackets 9-12 and 13-18 that students can compete in.