Located between the continents of Africa and Asia, the Red Sea coral reefs cover an area of vast natural beauty, featuring a diverse range of sea creatures.

Coral reefs are the richest underwater habitats, in species diversity they are the marine equivalent of rainforests.

The Red Sea has 1000 species of fish and 220 of corals. But unlike, the rainforest, all the life is on display and it’s incredibly colourful. So these are the most colourful, crowded, vibrant and hectic environments on Earth.


What this unit will give you

Knowledge to guide your students to complete this project

  • In this project, students will be creating a virtual underwater safari experience
  • They will using Kodu to design a video game encapsulating the awe and wonder beneath the waves

What this project will give your students

Learning Objectives

To design, write and debug programmes that accomplish specific goals; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts.

Project Aim/Question
To research, programme and share a video game, exploring the reefs and seabed of the Red Sea.
Key Language
Science/Geography: tourism, archaeology, climate, diversity.
Computer Science: algorithm, debug.



Stage 1 - Getting to know the Red Sea
Coral reefs exist only in shallow tropical seas where the water is clear and sunlight can penetrate. This is because the coral colonies have symbiotic algae within them that provide most of their food, need for warmth and sunlight to photosynthesise and grow.

What you can do

  • With the object of your students learning about where coral reefs exist, guide them to research the history, wildlife and geographical features of the Red Sea. They should identify some key underwater ‘stars’ they would like featured as characters in their Kodu game
  • Their research can be collated in a OneNote notebook tab
  • In pairs, have them create a Kodu word game based on the Red Sea coral reefs

The Red Sea
Coral is vital to the future of the ocean as it is home to a vast diversity of species. But rising temperatures in the world's seas are causing the death of coral reefs due to a process called bleaching, when corals turn white and die. As the Red Sea water is so warm it is an ideal place to study the impact of heat on coral.


Reefs have existed since at least the Cambrian, although the familiar coral-dominated, reefs of today are a much later arrival. A coral reef is much more than old rock lying on the sea bed. An intricate structure, complex set of relationships and distinct zones (reef top, reef sides, debris piles around the base) offer myriad places for animals to live and hide, which leads to incredible diversity.




KODU Classroom Kit


Stage 2 - Getting started with Kodu
Stage 3 - Testing and Refining

What you can do

  • Once games are finished allow time for students to play several games created by others
  • Encourage students to give each other specific feedback about what works well and what could be improved
  • Give students time to act on any feedback they receive
  • Final copies can then be published to the Kodu online communities
Enrichment Activities

What you can do - Literacy
Have your students create short stories based on the characters in the exploration video game the Red Sea.


What you can do - Design and Technology

  • Your students could build 3D models of their game’s landscape
  • You may choose for them to produce cover designs that can be used to package games

If children struggle to visualise their games, give them time to explore existing Kodu worlds.

Give students with literacy difficulties video and audio sources to aid in their research.

More able programmers could use Project Spark, instead of Kodu,which involves a greater level of complexity.


Project Spark
Project Spark is a powerful, yet simple way to build and play your own worlds, stories and games.
Experience the ultimate interactive playground, delivered as a free digital download with many options for enhancing your creative experience.