Meg Ray is a Teacher in Residence at Cornell Tech. Meg is responsible for the implementation and design of the Teacher in Residence program, a coaching program for K-8 CS teachers in New York City schools. Meg served as a writer for the Computer Science Teachers Association K-12 CS Standards and the CSTA/ISTE Computer Science Educator Standards. She was a special advisor to the K12 CS Framework. She is an experienced high school computer science teacher and special educator. She is a graduate-level instructor and field supervisor in the School of Special Education at Hunter College. Previously, Meg directed the design of an online middle school programming course for Codesters. She researches CS teacher training as well as access to CS instruction for students with disabilities. Her work is published in academic journals and conference proceedings. Meg is the author of the forthcoming book Code this Game! published by Odd Dot (an imprint of Macmillan). https://www.odddot.com/code-this-game
Code this Game!
CODE THIS GAME! is a nonfiction visual guide that teaches young readers, 10-14, how to program and create their very own video game. Each chapter introduces key coding concepts as kids create an action strategy game in Python, an open-source programming language. A built-in kickstand allows readers to stand the spiral-bound book upright so they can read, program, and play their game simultaneously.
The first part of the book guides readers through the world of computer science and game development, with easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions. Kids will build a strategy action game where the player must defeat vampire pizzas. The second part of the book teaches readers to modify their game and go where their imaginations lead them by incorporating downloadable art assets. By the time kids finish the book, they'll have mastered basic coding concepts and created a personalized game.
The book is written by computer science educator and a writer of the CSTA Computer Science Standards Meg Ray, and vividly illustrated by Keith Zoo.