Rapid Router educational game from Ocado gets a Christmas makeover

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, but do you recall the most famous reindeer of all?

Ocado has employed the services of Santa and the world’s most famous red-nosed reindeer to help students improve their coding skills.

Used by over 1,400 schools and more than 70,000 individual users worldwide, Rapid Router is a free, open source game developed by Ocado Technology and ICT teachers that helps 5-16 year old pupils understand programming basics and introduces them to the Python programming language. The Code for Life

Introducing Rapid Rudolph

A massive snowstorm has just fallen over the Rapid Router world. Everything is now covered in snowflakes and the ponds are frozen, but Santa is determined as ever to navigate his sled on the windy roads of Rapid Router.

But with Christmas fast approaching, lots of new orders have arrived and the sled is overwhelmed. It’s up to you to save the day and guide Santa and Rudolph to their many destinations using Blockly and Python.

We’re very excited to announce this winter-themed, special edition of Rapid Router. In only two years, our Code for Life initiative has grown from a single idea to a network of 70,000 users worldwide. With Rapid Router, anyone can go online and teach themselves to code – you don’t have to be taught in school. Our game is optimised for the classroom and coding clubs but it works for a home schooling audience and self-learners; we definitely see adults regularly using our site too. – Celine Boudier, product owner and Code for Life team leader at Ocado Technology

The Santa-powered Rapid Router game is available for free now at https://www.codeforlife.education/rapidrouter/

About Code for Life
The Code for Life initiative has been created by Ocado Technology to get every child coding. As the world’s largest online-only supermarket, Ocado understands the importance of cultivating the next generation of computer scientists. Just as Ocado’s technology has revolutionized the way people buy groceries, Code for Life will help equip pupils with the skills needed to revolutionize the industries of tomorrow. For more information about Code for Life, visit http://codeforlife.education

About Ocado
Established in 2000, Ocado is a UK-based company admitted to trading on the London Stock Exchange (OCDO), and is the world’s largest dedicated online grocery retailer, operating its own grocery and general merchandise retail businesses under the Ocado.com and other specialist shop banners. For more information about the Ocado Group, visit www.ocadogroup.com

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