TANKS Learn To Code was developed with the aim of introducing coding to children who don’t have access to computers. The mission is to inspire a new career prospect to children who would otherwise never be aware of this option.
The app was developed in 2017 by Nelson Mandela University (NMU) computing sciences student Byron Batteson. Associate Professor in Computing Sciences at NMU, Jean Greyling, has managed the project co-ordination of the app. Transaction Junction’s Software Development Manager, Marc Kemsley was taught by Prof Greyling at varsity, and was inspired to get TJ involved in TANKS.
TANKS consists of a mobile app and tokens, and has 35 levels, whereby players need to get the tank to the destination in each level. The tank on the app, can only be moved when the player uses the physical tokens they are given to build the code.
TANKS teaches a number of proper coding concepts that are learned in 1st year varsity.