was announced that their team won, they screamed in delight. Shauna jumped up and
down. Kayleigh momentarily forgot her name.
Kodu Kup is a component of the Microsoft Get On program, an initiative that aims
to help young people in the United Kingdom get inspired, get skilled, and get jobs
over three years. It is part of the global Microsoft YouthSpark initiative, which
was launched to encourage young people to imagine and realize their full potential.
Since its launch, YouthSpark has lifted up more than 300 million youth, and it now
aims to spread computer science education across the globe.
Holly, Shauna, and Kayleigh participated in a school club that taught Kodu. They
built The Dark Side of Mars in about one month. Friends and gamers for many years,
the students transferred their enjoyment of horror movies and games to inspire dramatic
effect in their creation.
The three teens attend school in a small Welsh village situated along an idyllic
river in the Merthyr Tydfil region. The area, historically known for supplying iron,
steel, and coal, now has an unemployment rate that exceeds that of both Wales and
Great Britain. The region’s socioeconomic issues are partially due to twentieth-century
economic restructuring, and the area faces economic inactivity, lack of high-quality
jobs, and low levels of educational achievement.