My awesome 12 year old nerd son has (finally) expressed serious interest in creating his own games, learning coding and whatnot. This is way out of my league, and googling just confuses me because I don't know what we need. Suggestion for sites, learning resources, etc?
I've found this
, but while the former is the perfect question, it is nearly four years out of date, and the latter just doesn't quite nail what we want.
He's played just about every game know to man. I thought Minecraft would keep him fascinated for a while, but he got bored surprisingly quickly. He writes short stories, plays video/computer games solidly to their end (or until I make him eat or sleep or go outside for some fresh air and sunshine), makes and distributes his own movies online, writes and illustrates comics, he's very creative in his chosen media so I want to channel that interest now. He's into the dark side of superheroes, discovered Dr Who last year and is obsessed, and he writes fan fiction for his own amusement. He's the coolest nerd I know.
He starts high school (year seven) in Australia this year and asked me tonight if he'll learn coding so he can create his own games. I have no idea if that sort of thing will be taught at this small rural school, but seeing as his older sister was taught maths by a science teacher, science by an ag(ricultural) teacher, and ag by a fresh-outta-uni-with-no-idea English teacher, I really don't want to leave it to the school to teach him what he yearns to learn.
His English skills have always been outstanding, his maths skills have improved dramatically in the last year. He would be in the top 10% of his year academically.
Please direct us to some resources that will help this kid learn some awesome stuff.