Nintendo Labo’s cardboard creations were a means for gamers to explore the creative side of their minds, especially for those younger. The company now uses its Nintendo Labo VR suite in a special event Hack Kids in Tokyo, where parents and children aged 6 years and older learn to program and create their own games using Toy-Con Garage VR.
Hack Kids in Tokyo is an event organized by Yahoo, designed for third-sixth grade elementary school children with their parents. Toy-Con Garage VR is a way for Nintendo Labo VR users to look under the hood of more than 60 games that were created by Labo developers. Hack Kids will use the same program to teach children and parents to create their own games and tell how they are designed in principle.
Yahoo’s Hack Kids program was created when curriculum managers in Japan determined that elementary schools would need to be taught programming by 2020. Hack Kids is looking for areas across the country where opportunities to learn programming are not so accessible and brings together a number of activities for different communities.
Applications for Hack Kids in Tokyo are limited to two children per account (additional users can be added with additional accounts). Entry to the event is free, but Yahoo and Nintendo determine the demand for the event by running the lottery through the Connpass website. There will be 40 winners in total, their parents will be contacted by email with instructions on how to get a ticket won.
Hack Kids in Tokyo will be held July 15, 2019 at the headquarters of Yahoo Japan. Parents and children will not need to own the Nintendo Switch, the Nintendo Labo VR Kit or have any programming knowledge to participate in the Hack Kids in Tokyo.
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