In contrast when I had shown him a Flash game called Light Bot, which taught computer programming concepts, he sat down and completed all the levels in a single sitting. I decided that if I was going to get him to learn programming, he needed a site that was more game like. Greenfoot was another another project I discovered that is along the lines of what I am thinking, but is for learning Java.
In mid-September, 2011 I began creating my own interactive programming tutorials that I initially called AI Master. My goal was to make them fun and challenging. He enjoyed the 1st tasks I created so I made a few more.
Also, In September I discovered a new site called CodeCademy that had gone live in August, which was the closest thing to what I envisioned creating. I tried the lessons myself, and then on several family members. The site looks great, the difficulty level was perfect for beginners and they covered a lot of material in a short space of time. However, none of my testers really felt they had learnt anything by the time they got to the end of the lessons. Furthermore, none of my testers described the lessons as FUN.
In late October CodeCademy announced over a million $$ of venture capitalist funding. Over the past 5 months both the site and its lesson content have evolved into a fantastic free resource. However, I still believe there is room for improvement in the design of the lessons. Furthermore, it has to be possible to something that is more fun and game like.
On 21st November 2011, I sat down with my siblings to discuss possible names for the site I was creating. We decided Code Avengers was a good choice since the movie The Avengers was coming out in May 2012 and codeavenges.com was available. At that meeting we also decided I should begin create lesson material for absolute beginners. My sister said she would work on a logo, by brothers would help out with testing and marketing the site when we got to that stage.
That night I registered codeavengers.com and the following week uploaded the 1st version of Code Avengers.