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sketchPatch allows people to play with programming in an easy and fun way. You can write your own programs and run them in your web browser, share them, or collaborate with other people making new versions of their programs.
A free, open source 3D graphics application, which is already being used across US schools, that can be used for modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, rigging, water and smoke simulations, skinning, animating, rendering, particle and other simulations, non-linear editing, compositing, and creating interactive 3D applications, including video games, animated film, or visual effects.
Blender's features include advanced simulation tools such as rigid, realistic body, fluid, cloth and softbody dynamics, modifier-based modeling tools, powerful character animation tools, a node-based material and compositing system and Python for embedded scripting.
A scripting language used in the visual effects industry and most modern animation packages. It can be used on a basic, as well as advanced level, thus making it useable in schools. It is also open source and free of charge to use. Downloadable packages can be designed to extend its use in various areas of the school curriculum, for instance supporting learning in 3D graphics, physics and maths.
Unreal Development Kit (UDK) is a 3D editor for creating virtual environments. UDK is Unreal Engine 3 – a complete professional development framework. All the tools you need to create great games, advanced visualizations and detailed 3D simulations on the PC and iOS. Some of the best tools in the industry are in your hands. Unreal Engine 3 has been used by game developers, researchers, television studios, machinima directors, artists and students. If you have an idea that you'd like to try and bring to life in a game engine, then this tool kit could be really useful for you.
Accessed via the DreamSpark site, Kodu provides an end-to-end creative environment for designing, building, and playing your own new video games. The core of the Kodu project is the programming user interface. The language is simple and entirely icon-based. Programs are composed of pages, which are broken down into rules, which are further divided into conditions and actions.
DreamSpark enables students of all ages to access and learn Microsoft’s professional developer tools free of charge. Tools available include Visual Studio Professional, XNA, Expression Suite, Windows Phone Developer Tools and SQL Server.
Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art - and share your creations on the web. As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.