CodeSpells was initially developed by Sarah Guthals and Stephen Foster at UC San Diego as part of their PhD work in Computer Science.


Sarah Guthals received her PhD from UCSD in Computer Engineering with a focus on Computer Science Education. She is also the Co-Founder and CTO of ThoughtSTEM, which is a company dedicated to teaching 8-18 year olds computer science in new ways.

Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster is a PhD Candidate at UC San Diego in Computer Science. He is a Co-Founder and the CEO of ThoughtSTEM. Stephen is also the Lead Software Developer for ThoughtSTEM’s other major coding education software: LearnToMod.

Lindsey Handley

Lindsey Handley is a PhD candidate at UC San Diego in Biochemistry. She’s also a Co-Founder of ThoughtSTEM and its COO.

Adrian Lopez-Mobilia

Adrian Lopez-Mobilia is a video game developer with several years of software engineering experience. Adrian graduated from UT Austin with a degree in Computer Science and has been developing video games ever since.

Jason RosenstockJason Rosenstock is a video game artist, designing environments for big video game companies like BioWare. Now, he’s reimagining the environments & characters of CodeSpells.


33 responses

  1. Xavi


    Any plans about translating it to other languages? I could help with Spanish and Catalan! 🙂

    Best regards,

    January 19, 2016 at 11:31 am

    • Maybe in the future! But not until the game is mostly completely developed!

      February 18, 2016 at 11:39 pm

  2. Kelly Le

    I purchased the Kickstarter a few months back but now can’t recall how I paid for it and which email I used. Is there a way that you can find my account/payment?

    December 22, 2015 at 4:42 am

  3. Can I play in first person so I can pseudo VR with a headset. I’m doing a tech demo with the rift and kinect.

    December 5, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    • I don’t think 1st person is available yet, but that’s an awesome idea!

      February 18, 2016 at 11:44 pm

  4. Hello,
    I’m working on a tech demo and I’d like to be able to play in a first person perspective so I can use a VR headset. I would also like to set up a kinect for motion tracking to be the triggers for spells. IE; Stomping your foot would cause a rift in the ground in game.
    Any chance of first person mode coming soon?

    December 5, 2015 at 8:58 pm

  5. Hello,

    I’ve recently fell into the discovery of this amazing concept of not only a game but a learning device for everyone. I was hoping there would be a way to get in contact with anyone in charge of possibly the Business or Marketing aspect of Code Spells. Thank you!

    November 23, 2015 at 5:06 pm

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