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Programs that teach kids how to code are popular right now. But, what about kids who are blind or visually impaired? They have Code Jumper, a new program that teaches kids basic coding skills regardless of their level of vision or experience. Stephen Braswell couldn’t wait for his 10-year-old daughter, Grace, to try the new Code Jumper program. “Because what’s daddy’s job? Do you remember what Daddy’s job is?” Stephen asked Grace. “Writing code,” Grace responds. “Yeah. So, it was interesting to me for two...

JOHN COWPLAND/STUFF The New Zealand Blackbots are hoping to compete in an international Lego robotics open at Legoland in California this year. A group of budding robotics inventors who came up with an idea for a virtual reality film to help astronauts connect with family while they're away in space are hoping to show off their creation on a global stage. The New Zealand Blackbots team, 10 and 11-year-old school kids from Hawke's Bay, took out the national robotics competition in...

Back in 2017, Microsoft unveiled Project Torino, a unique physical programming language that taught visually impaired kids the basics of coding. It was a huge step forward for accessibility, but it was also just an experimental program limited to the UK. Now, that project is becoming a bit more real: Microsoft announced today that it's handing over the research and technology behind Torino, now called Code Jumper, to the American Printing House for the Blind, a non-profit dedicated to helping...

Roblox is a fun game that is played by more than 80 million people every month. What’s great about Roblox is that it’s more than a simple game that kids can use in order to pass up free time. Roblox also teaches kids valuable skills that might help them get highly lucrative jobs in the future. The skills that kids learn while playing Roblox is how to code. Nonetheless, Roblox is a massive hit in the US and the...

WITH its Lego-like avatars and easy-to-learn coding for budding programmers, the online gaming app Roblox has cornered the market in younger gamers, with 80 million monthly users, many of them under 16. Now the platform, which has already taken the US by storm, is setting its sights on Europe and Asia to become a global giant. Kids log on to the mobile app after school to guide their avatars through obstacle courses full of pitfalls, escape from jail, dive into a treasure...

With more and more kids using screen-based devices these days, adults fear that the days of using your imagination is gone. The problem with losing this type of play is that it is crucial in the development of young minds. It’s a way for kids to utilize creative thinking skills and to discover their passions. But, with a future based on technology, it’s also more important than ever for kids to develop these skills as well. How do we strike...