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Not all kids will end up in STEM-related fields, but it’s inevitable that our lives will be affected in several ways by new technologies over the next few decades. No matter what career they choose to pursue, it’s highly likely they will be exposed to technology through coding, AI, robotics, and the like. Many kids believe they aren’t good at science or math from an early age, ultimately resulting in them steering clear of the subjects. But it could just be the case...

Source:Global Times Published: 2019/3/26 19:23:40 It has become more and more common in China for children to start learning about and practicing computer coding from an early age. Photo: Li Hao/GT Chinese internet giant Tencent Holdings launched on Sunday a coding training platform for primary and middle school students, echoing the Chinese government's efforts in pushing forward education in artificial intelligence (AI). The new coding platform, based on Scratch, the MIT Media Lab tool that teaches kids how to code, will offer...

What kid doesn’t love toys? And while parents might loathe just how many toys kids seem to accumulate over the years, toys that are educational are a welcome addition to the ever-growing pile.There’s a trend today towards STEM-based toys, those that help promote skills that will be crucial for kids of the generations to come, focusing on helping them develop their science, technology, engineering, and mathematics prowess. You’re going to have to deal with kids wanting screen time anyway. So...

Congratulations! Your child is talented with computers. They could be the next Grace Hopper. Time to encourage this gift, but how? Luckily for you and your brilliant offspring, there’s a great selection of computer programming books for kids out there. Here are a few to get you started. In case you’re wondering what “Java” and “Ruby” are, they’re just computer programming languages where your kid can begin learning. It’s important to mention first that coding has a diversity problem. More than...

Parents should encourage their children to start with the basics of coding from a young age, says John Luis, head of academics at ADvTECH Schools, a division of South Africa’s largest private education provider. “As we teach our children to read and speak our mother tongue language so we should start with coding at an early age,” Luis said. “Parents who are not tech savvy may find this daunting, so the easiest way to start the children off will be to download...

This month Satya Nadella CEO at Microsoft shared the examples of tools that reflect the diverse experiences of customers and employees. Mainly how advances in technology can be used to empower everyone. Code Jumper is a physical coding language for students who are blind or have low vision to strengthen their coding skills. Code Jumper Code Jumper is a physical programming language to make the computing curriculum accessible to blind children aged seven to eleven years. Irrespective of their level of vision,...

A dozen teenagers in military fatigues sit quietly fiddling with small devices in antistatic bags, waiting, like the other kids around them, for further instruction. A teacher murmurs a few sentences of introduction to the activity from the front of the room. It’s the last session in the Oracle Code 4 Kids one-day conference in San Francisco, and it doesn’t seem promising. A short time later, that first impression proves very wrong. The teens, who are from Discovery ChalleNGe Academy, an...

Photo: Shutterstock If you want to teach your kid how to code, there’s certainly no shortage of apps, iPad-connected toys, motorized kits and programmable pets that you can buy for your future Google employee. Some are great, no doubt, but many focus on isolated skills, which may or may not be relevant in the decades ahead. For young children, what might be more critical than learning to code is learning how to think like a coder. And for that, they don’t...

Teaching kids how to code is considered one of the core skills for the 21st Century, helping children develop the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) tools they'll need in the future. The Piper Computer Kit took that lesson one step further, letting children learn how to build a complete computer of their own, DIY style. Five years after launching its original product, Piper is now turning what was really a one-time project in something that has endless lives through the...

Everybody should learn to code. That’s a statement that we’ve been hearing a lot for the past 3-4 years. From an article we got back in 2016, to the numerous workshops and hackathons on coding that we’ve covered, it’s pretty clear that coding and learning to program will play an important part in the future. It’s not only us who think so though. Microsoft is of the same thought as well. Celebrating Computer Science On Friday, 8th of February 2018, the tech...

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...

Learning to code, regardless of the path a child chooses to take, is crucial today. Research shows us that this knowledge will be important in any career. As both a female leader in technology and a mother of a 10-year old boy, I am acutely aware of its critical importance in both my professional and personal life. Coding is a necessary literacy in this technological age. Computer coding is a part of everything and is everywhere in the world around us....

Whether you are a computer science student or aspiring to self-teach yourself programming, it can be an uphill task sometimes. Mastering programming could be challenging, but with the right approach, you could become a guru. The idea is not breaking the bank to learn. With a few tips to help you, you could learn faster. Tips for learning programming faster First things first, you need a PC and a good reliable internet connection. Learn the basics first In almost any situation, you need first...

Combining education and gaming is nothing new and many of us grew up playing popular titles such as The Oregon Trail, Sim City and Reader Rabbit. However, with advances in both computing and graphical power, today's educational games offer children the ability to build their own virtual worlds. Mojang's Minecraft, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5bn, is one recent example of how a software company was able to capitalize on this trend. Roblox, which hit 80m monthly...

Pepper, the humanoid robot, isn’t shy. “I’m very happy you are all here today,” the robot said to a crowd at English High School in Boston Monday. Pepper dances, gives high fives and fist bumps to anyone who asks, does tai chi, and looks people in the face when they are speaking. The 4-foot-tall robot is a product of Softbank Robotics America, a company that has donated robots to district high schools with computer science programs in Boston, San Francisco, and British...

More from Northern Virginia More from Northern Virginia Growing up, Shontya Washington watched her father code and fell in love with computers. She recalls sitting at her father's feet, drawing on dot matrix paper as he problem-solved on the old machines. Now as a software engineer, she wants to help kids in Frederick County, Va. see where coding can take them. The Frederick County school board representative for the Redbud district says science, technology, engineering, and math--known as STEM-- teaches kids critical...

Photo Credit: Root Robotics Is it a toy? A tiny Roomba? Nope, it’s better (especially if you have kids). The Root (available on Amazon for $179) is an educational robot that teaches coding, creativity and problem-solving skills to kids from pre-readers through high school. Lift or drop a marker into the hole in the center of Root, and it can create unique artwork. It comes with a whiteboard surface you can put on a table, but it also works on vertical whiteboards that...

Fourth Graders from Mrs. Stacy Watson’s Class (KTVO).jpg Macon, Mo. — Fourth grade students at Macon Elementary School are learning how to code – using robots. But, they say it’s so fun – it’s more like playing a game. In Mrs. Meisner’s Library Technology class, students as young as first grade are learning coding. “I think I learned how to type in eighth grade, so it’s kind of crazy that I have first graders on the iPads working with ScratchJR and coding, so it’s...

If there's one thing that both the Trump and Obama White Houses agree upon, it's the importance of computer science education for children in America. Because of how digitally entrenched the world is getting, coding skills (at least at a basic level) are becoming nearly as essential as reading, writing, and math. I've taught computer programming at the college level for decades. When I ask my students why they're in my course, the number one reason (pretty much the only reason)...

Carmen Alexa, left, and Lily Dalstra celebrate their success with their Ozobot Kennen Claus’ favorite part about Ozobot robots is the “party time” programming available for students after they complete a weekly challenge. “After we cross the finish line, we can make them talk, play music and spin around in crazy, crazy circles,” Kennen said. “One time we swirled it right off the table.” The programming experience comes courtesy of the Grandville Education Foundation, which granted Mary VanderMeer $1,199 to purchase 12 Ozobots...

New elementary club focuses on robotics, programming Although students at all four Albert Lea Area Schools elementaries are working with dashes and dots, it’s not Morse code they’re learning. Instead, media specialists are leading the Dash and Dot coding clubs, named after the robots they are using to teach children the basics of computer programming. “We’ve just been really trying to encourage students to get into computer programming and coding,” Lakeview and Sibley elementary schools media specialist Kristen Seeger said — they are...

STEM kits and robots are a growing trend for Holiday toys. Like in past years, the STEM and robot toy trend is growing rapidly. It just makes a lot of sense for parents to gift their kids something that is not only fun to play with but also teaches them science and coding. The toy robots get each year more advanced and also new low priced robots push into the segment. You can find robots for each age group starting with...

Samaira Mehta, the Founder and CEO of CoderBunnyz, has designed a STEM game that is being used as a coding tool in 106 schools in the US within a year of launch.Samaira Mehta isn’t your usual 10-year-old. This school student is the Founder and CEO of CoderBunnyz, a company that she founded at age 8. CoderBunnyz has launched a STEM game with the same name to empower children to learn to code and become leaders in tech.At 10, Samaira, now...

The makers of Endless OS are back with a new low-cost laptop dubbed The Hack Computer — for teaching kids how to code. Endless Computers didn’t design this Hack computer themselves entirely. Instead, they used a low-cost ASUS laptop and added their Linux-based full-stack software environment that is easy to use for kids. They have created a game-like environment in the OS to make it user-friendly for kids. Apart from that, the Hack computer is a regular laptop for kids that comes...

The sleek color design, co-working layout and Cornhole board give a new Farmington coding school the feel of a Silicon Valley startup. That makes sense, considering that theCoderSchool franchise originated in Palo Alto, Calif. Chirayu and Vaishali Shah officially opened the extracurricular K-12 venture in mid-October. The husband/wife duo are bullish about their prospects, and it looks like they have reason to be. During their first week, 52 students enrolled for courses — 100 signups within a year is considered a success,...

A new solution aimed at kids and made by an ex-Google employee could get your little one coding in no time. It’s 2018, and we’re encouraging kids to code now more than ever. Things never used to be like this. Learning to code was never this highly talked about when this journalist was a kid, and those of us who wanted to do it weren’t just ostracised for our efforts, we also had to go the hard yards to do it. There...

Kano, a company that makes a series of coding kits for children and those new to programming, recently released a $99 Harry Potter-themed kit complete with a programmable wand that's perfect for Harry Potter fans who want a fun and engaging way to learn some basic coding techniques.The Harry Potter Coding Kit is designed to let users build a wand and then program that wand with various gestures that can be used within the Kano app on iOS devices, Android...

Posted on October 2, 2018 I’ve got the luckiest kids in the world – some cool things come to our office for them to see before things even hit the stores. Sometimes, they are goodies for kids – the coolest and latest toys and gadgets. The littleBits Avengers Hero Inventor Kit is one such item. It’s been sitting in the office ready for the kids for aa few weeks – then finally School Holidays were...

The Kano OS operating system together with the Story Mode app teach basic computing and programming concepts using a series of fun-packed coding challenges. Exertis has announced a distribution agreement with Kano Computing for its range of DIY computing kits. Designed to make coding accessible to beginners of all ages, the Kano Computer Kit provides all the parts needed to construct a portable Linux-based computer, without the need for tools, using a comprehensive, but easy to follow, beginner-friendly instruction manual. The Kano OS...

Coding is an art that many think requires a high level of specialist training and knowledge. Well, that’s not the case anymore. Today technology has made so much progress that a 10-year old kid can learn the basics of coding while sitting at home. One such venture has been launched as a Kickstarter campaign by MakePi. MakePi, an EdTech hardware startup has launched MakePad– a tablet that can be used by children to learn to code and build something creative. The...

A Hong Kong-based startup has come up with a LEGO-compatible set of electronic blocks which teaches children to code whilst playing. The blocks allow children to build amazing interactive constructs which, aside from giving kids a hell of a good time, also teaches them the logic behind mechanics, coding and electricity. Honeycomb, as the novel product is called, is comprised of hexagonal blocks with snappy magnetic connectors which allow children from 5 and up to create hundreds of thousands of functional combinations. The...

As science, technology, engineering and maths become more integrated into our world, a corresponding emphasis is being placed on teaching our kids about these topics. Part of this has been a huge rise in educational toys over the past decade. Baz Macdonald investigates. For most of us, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) were not subjects that we really grappled with until high school, except for some basics at primary school. But these days the subjects are being introduced to children...

Want your kids to learn how to code? According to a recent Gallup study, you’re not alone. The organization found that nine in 10 parents want their kids to study computer science, despite only one in four schools actually offering such opportunities. As a result, a lot of parents (myself included), find themselves searching for tools they can use at home to teach their children computer programming skills without turning their weekends into another school day. If you’re looking for coding...

Image: UBTECH Advertisement Editor’s Picks There are a number of robots designed to help kids learn the basics of coding, but this is the first we’ve seen that comes equipped with a purple mane and a light-up horn. Meet UnicornBot, a programmable robot kit that UBTECH Robotics is launching today. Recommended for children age 8 and up, it is on sale for US $120 on UBTECH’s site and retailers like Target and Amazon. UBTECH, headquartered in Shenzen, China, with offices in Los Angeles, says UnicornBot...

We now live in an information-based society dependent on technology. To perform today and the in future ahead, STEM skills are not only beneficial, but critical. This is why it is so important to introduce STEM at a young age. According to the Office of Innovation and Learning, “early exposure to STEM has positive impacts across the entire spectrum of learning” and the earlier one is introduced to math, they show greater success in both math and reading later in life....

No one can deny that kids love getting mail, and the trend of subscription boxes has turned that excitement into something even bigger. From boxes that focus on science, technology, engineering and math, to packages related to literacy, there are several subscription services from which to choose. The best part? Kids can look forward to receiving their box every month and get excited to learn. Here are 12 subscription boxes that will be a gift year-round. Kiwi Crate Kiwi Crate is...

The pocket-size Ozobot Evo (ages 8 and up) does not need a screen; instead, it follows commands drawn on paper with color markers. Ozobot even has printable mazes, puzzles and races for Evo to follow. For those looking for more challenging tasks, Ozobot offers a Blockly application for advanced programming. The Osmo Coding Jam kit (ages 6 to 12) requires a mobile device, but the coding blocks are physical tiles that must be linked together in front of a tablet. The...

With children learning to programme in primary school, coding is the magic word in toy-land right now. Just about every new product on the market, it seems, promises to teach our offspring to be NASA-level programmers by the New Year, all while having the time of their lives. But, as with any consumer craze, the challenge is to separate out the products that live up to the hype from those that are simply jumping on the bandwagon. We have looked...

Want your kids to learn how to code? According to a recent Gallup study, you’re not alone. The organization found that nine in 10 parents want their kids to study computer science, despite only one in four schools actually offering such opportunities. As a result, a lot of parents (myself included), find themselves searching for tools they can use at home to teach their children computer programming skills without turning their weekends into another school day. If you’re looking for coding...

As technology creeps into more aspects of our life, learning to code has become an increasingly-important skill. Apple CEO Tim Cook recently commented to French outlet Konbini, "I think that coding should be required in every public school in the world."If you have an idea for an app or you'd like a new hobby, follow this overview of how code works and how to get started. In this article you'll find: Need a new laptop, or notebook computer? Find the best...

source From “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” The educational toy company littleBits is trying to roll out the hot new toy for the holidays. Its ‘Droid Inventor Kit’ lets kids build their own versions of R2D2 from “Star Wars” while letting parents feel like their children are learning to code. The company may be writing the new playbook for a kids media strategy, as it eschews TV for YouTube and kid influencers. LittleBits, a startup that makes toys that combine elements of Lego-like building and...

Anyone looking to teach coding to children ages 4 to 9 may be interested in a new hands on coding robot which is designed specifically for children called MatataLab. Using hands-on play the new educational coding system allows children to learn by doing and offers adventures musical utilities and creative applications and projects to support early learning. Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about the MatataLab system and its unique features. MatataLab has this week been launched via...

Kindergartners in Champaign are expected to learn reading, writing and now, coding.Champaign Unit 4 Schools have implemented a curriculum based around coding, beginning in kindergarten and going all the way up through high school. The students have designated time each week to learn how to code through the programming language Scratch. George Reese, the director of the Office for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education at the University of Illinois, helps bring research into practice in Unit 4 schools. Through this work,...

Kano’s clever coding games will enthrall curious kids. Today’s kids have access to free software that teaches coding through blocks that are pieced together like a puzzle. Now, companies such as Piper and Kano are taking that one step further by pushing kids into building the very computers they’re targeting with code. We tested the latest do-it-yourself PC kit from Kano, the $250 Computer Kit Complete. Can you turn your kid into a coding genius? Getting their hands dirty With Kano’s kit, kids...

As part of Computer Science Education Week, Google today announced its very first kids coding Doodle: a short interactive game designed to teach kids computer programming. A joint project by three teams -- Google Doodle, Google Blockly, and MIT -- the Doodle game teaches kids computational thinking as they guide a cute rabbit through a series of challenges in a quest for carrots. The Google Doodle celebrates the 50th anniversary of Logo, a groundbreaking kids programming language developed in 1967 by...

It feels like robotics kits are everywhere these days, as companies compete to figure out the best way to turn basic robotics, electronics, and coding concepts into a toy or game to get kids to learn STEM skills under the guise of having fun. Boson, from DRFRobot, is the latest of these, and it has all the trappings of a STEM learning toy: colorful plastic, simple design, and powerful possibilities for those willing to learn the system. At its core, Boson...

Facebook Twitter Pinterest There are many initiatives and projects to teach children how to code, and many of these initiatives are aimed specifically at girls to encourage them to enter an otherwise male-dominated career. According to Google, about 22% of gaming developers are women. So Google has teamed up with the Wonder Woman movie to launch a new coding project that is based around the movie.It is part of Google’s Made with Code initiative. This project will have kids code three unique scenes from...

Kids who don’t have tech skills will be viewed in the same way as those who can’t read or write, says the founder of children’s media company Bright Little Labs. Sophie Deen wants to use the company’s first product, the Detective Dot book series, to make sure kids have the core skills of the future. The books are coding adventure stories covering core curriculum subjects like computer science in a fun way. “Kids without digital skills today will almost be cast aside like...

Robotic toys you can control with your phone are not only great fun: they’re educational too. Whether you want to learn to code yourself, or want to inspire and help your kids to get started, a phone-connected robot is one of the best places to start.It’s worth saying that you don’t have to do any coding at all to have a lot of fun with all the robots here, but you can if you want to make them do specific...

by: Amber Brandt posted: 10/23/17 Many people think programming is too difficult or technical for everyday people to learn. Not only is this untrue — it’s disproven each day by children busy building digital worlds online. Coding isn’t reserved for computer nerds geniuses, it’s accessible to everyday people online or in a classroom down the street.With the advent of games like Minecraft and countless apps that make coding entertaining, computer programming has never been more popular or easy to learn. Experts recommend...

A new robot is on Kickstarter called Root and the purpose of this robot is to teach anyone from age 4 to 99 how to code using a fun and simple approach. Root is designed to drive on walls, tables, and magnetic surfaces and is able to make games and coding challenges that will reinforce computational thinking. Root can be programmed to perform all sorts of tasks. Tasks such as moving, turning, drawing, erasing, scanning colors, playing music, lighting up, sensing...

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Lil’Bot is a great introductory steps to the world of psysical programming. Lil’Bot is programmed just like an Arduino Uno, and takes standard Arduino shields. About half of the Arduino memory and three quarters of the processing power are available after the balancing code and all the rest have taken their share. Features: Arduino Uno compatible, programmable through the USB Can be programmed using Linux, OS X, and Windows computers. Front, right and left obstacle detection using IR LEDs Edge detection using an...

View photos Interactive robots and gizmos that tackle the basics of coding, artificial intelligence and programming are making it to the top of holiday gift lists for kids this year. NPD Group Canada. “Parents are aware of how much technology continues to evolve (so they are) wanting to purchase products for their kids to help them learn about programming and coding.”" data-reactid="32">“It’s a big trend,” says Michelle Liem, toy industry analyst at market research firm NPD Group Canada. “Parents are aware of...

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Award-winning ed-tech platform from Digital Dream Labs which combines hands-on play & interactive gaming to teach STEAM principles to K-5 students. Puzzlets is a hardware accessory that connects to tablet, phone, or Mac computer for playing games that focus on STEAM topics, such as: coding, math, and art. Puzzlets combines hands-on play with interactive gaming to form one seamless experience, engaging the mind and teaching the player new ways of thinking. The starter set comes with everything you need for the first...

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The Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar inspires little learners to be big thinkers by encouraging preschoolers to arrange (and rearrange) the easy-to-connect segments in endless combinations, sending Code-a-pillar on his path. Code-A-Pillar features 9 easy-to-connect segments that preschoolers can arrange and rearrange to tell the toy how to move forward, left, right, wiggle, dance or even wait for a couple seconds before moving again. Kids can configure the segments in such a way that the Code-A-Pillar can reach targets they set...

From left, Louisa Turtill, 9, and Khadijah Pinto Atkin, also 9, use Project Torino. The physical programming language is being designed with the help of children to make sure it is inclusive of their needs. Photo by Jonathan Banks. Microsoft Research has developed a program to teach visually impaired children the foundations of coding. It is called Project Torino, and it uses physical pods that kids can connect to each other as a kind of programming language. The aim of this initiative...

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littleBits makes a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks empowering everyone to create inventions, large and small. This goes beyond the coding activity, it support the foundation of technical and electronics knowledge and great tools developing creativity. With littleBits, kids learn how to be more than just consumers of technology. littleBits consists of small circuit boards with specific functions built to snap together with magnets without soldering, wiring, or programming. Each bit has its own specific function, such as light, sound, sensors, or buttons....

AUSTRALIAN company RUNSTEM is teaming up with Vienna-based hardware startup Robo Wunderkind in a venture which aims to give kids a chance to learn coding and robotics. The companies are looking to create a fun and simple way for kids up to 8 years old to learn the skills, as this period is crucial for cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. "We need to prepare our kids for this future and give them the tools to learn about new technologies," Rustem...

Coding is the language of the future. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be more than one million unfilled tech jobs within the next three years. But how do parents go about teaching coding to kids when it’s all Greek, or Python, to us? A new coding studio, Codeverse, that aims to make learning to code both easy and exciting for kids between ages 6 and 12, is coming to Lincoln Park this summer. “It is...

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Cato’s Hike’ is a game for the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch to teach kids and young children basic programming skills. A Programming and Logic Odyssey takes kids on a story-based adventure through mazes to collect hearts and stars and find friends, using the logic of computer programming to guide their character. The backstory is delivered in pieces at each leg of the hike. There are keys to find, doors to unlock, and damsels in distress to rescue. To move a character, kids drag...

When my daughter was a toddler, I was relaxing on the couch and watching Meet the Press. My daughter, who is now five, wobbled up to the TV and started swiping across the screen to get rid of Chuck Todd’s face, probably looking for Dora and Boots. It was a benign yet remarkable act that illustrated the vastly different digital-centric world my children will grow up in compared with my own analogue childhood. I still remember the colour TV I had...

While ebooks are pretty common these days and where information can be readily found with a few clicks of the mouse and a few strokes on the keyboard, there is still the need for libraries where tons of reference books can still be found, plus sometimes asking a knowledgeable librarian for help can sometimes yield better results than a Google search. That being said, Google seems to understand the importance of libraries and librarians because they have announced a partnership with...

What does it take to move your child from consumer to producer of technology? Today’s kids are often chastised for playing too many video games, texting too much or spending too much time on social media. So how can we leverage their interest in technology to encourage them to become the makers and producers—the game designers, programmers and innovators? The simple answer is computer science education. Not All Screen Time Is Created Equal Most kids today know how to use a computer or...

When I first heard that coding was to become a part of the new school curriculum in BC, I thought the idea was a bit esoteric. Flashbacks of learning how to code in my first-year computer science class in university reminded me of my disinterest in programming, and my belief that it was a skill that I would never use. But that was before technology had become such an integral part of life. In a roundtable discussion that I attended a few...

There are six kits available: Explorer, Explorer Pro, Light Wizard, Science Lab, Smart Life and All-in-One. Each is equipped with basic blocks like a light sensor and adjustment knob, with the different kits featuring specialized blocks geared toward a child's interests, like cold cathode, WiFi and camera blocks. Others include a voice sensor, Bluetooth, ultrasonic and display module. Once your kit is set up, you can program it using Makeblock's mBlock, a graphical and flow-based programming system, with "no prior coding...

From the lowest to the highest elementary grade levels, children gazed at the figures on the screen, talked with nearby peers and made decisions to continue the game forward. In recognition of the global “Hour of Code” last week, every class at Haynes Elementary School took time — about an hour — playing games based on writing computer code. In a game called “Candy Quest,” part of the “Tynker” program website, kindergarten and prekindergarten students learned to maneuver their customized avatars to...

There’s a scene in Disney’s recent blockbuster Moana where the titular character is encouraged to find her own path by following a sequence of stars. There’s not a router in sight in the Polynesian-themed film, yet that very idea of sequencing is a central component to computer science—and a recurring theme in Moana: Wayfinding with Code. Disney’s free online tutorial launched in collaboration with Code.org in December. Available in more than 180 countries, the game was part of the fourth-annual...

By Emily Balli | Cronkite News Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 As employment opportunities for software, application and system developers is projected to increase in the coming years, dozens of libraries in Arizona are beginning to realize the importance of coding and are becoming more than a place to check-out books. “It’s no longer okay to just sit around with books and wait for people to come get the books,” Kelly Smith, founder of Prenda, a Mesa-based education technology company said. “You can find...

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Teens in the area will get a chance to learn some new tech skills Tuesday night as the first of many events are starting ahead of Teen Tech Week nationwide. Teen Tech Week is a nationwide event put on by the Young Adult Library Services Association. Teen Tech Week isn't until March, but kids are getting a jump start on one particular aspect of the program. Teen Tech week features a YouTube video contest where young adults ages...

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The CodeCombat game is a browser-based role-playing game that teaches the programming language Javascript, as well as the fundamentals of computer science. In order to advance through the game's levels, players must prove their knowledge by writing code. It includes both single-player and multi-player components, and is targeted at a secondary school audience. The program is so helpful and interactive that you don’t even need a teacher with a background in CS to teach it. The tool gets kids coding from...

Adam Dalton (18), Evan Darcy (18) and Shane Curran (16) are the young brains behind a new DIY robotics kit that teaches children aged eight-plus the basics of coding in a fun way. Called Alpha, it is the first product from Robotify, the company set up by the trio in July and now based at Dublin City University’s Innovation Campus. “I was introduced to coding at the age of 15 and was hooked from day one,” says Dalton. “I used to...

A third of parents think it would be better for pupils to learn how to build a website than the works of Shakespeare , a survey found. A study claims a pushy 44 per cent of UK parents believe it more vital for their youngster to learn digital coding in school than a foreign language like French or Spanish. While shockingly it also found 33 per cent even claimed teaching kids computer skills was more enriching for their education than studying English...

Photos by Tequila MinskyCode-A-Pillar is a caterpillar-shaped robot made up of interchangeable segments, each of which adds a different movement command to the overall contraption, allowing kids to program its behavior. BY COLIN MIXSON This Downtown prep school is turning rug rats into code monkeys! Broad St.’s Léman Manhattan Prepatory School has filled a new learning space dubbed “The Wonder Lab” with a cornucopia of robots, video games, and other state-of-the-art gizmos to teach kids as young as 3-years-old the concepts of computer...

Last year I wrote about a new robot that was designed to care for children. The machine, called NAO, is capable of reading the mood of the child, recognizing their family and even understanding your preferences for food, music and so on. NAO joins the growing ranks of care giving robots that include MIT's Huggable, which is a teddy bear robot that aims to provide support and comfort to children with chronic illnesses, all the while reporting on various vital signs...

It’s no coincidence that Brigham Young University released “The Tessera” on Kid Inventors’ Day. The game, which teaches the logic behind coding, aims to inspire a new generation of coders through a storyline where players, with help from the ghosts of some of history’s best minds, defeat the villainous “S.” “Some of the skills they develop in solving puzzles that are fun are the same skills that can help them succeed in computational careers,” said Derek Hansen, a professor of information...

Training and Development Posted by Vincent Matinde on January 20 2017 BraceScript is a new, simplistic coding language that has been launched in Africa to teach local kids how to code and to develop future software engineers. Kennedy Kanyi, a 25 year old software programmer, came up with the language after seeing the need for a customised platform to teach kids how to code. When he was in college he taught himself coding skills and then he began to teach his classmates. Once he...

Lego has announced a building and coding set designed to let kids control their models and add movement and sound. Lego Boost is based around a Move Hub, which is a Lego stud-covered brick with built in tilt sensor. Kids can then add Lego 'elements' to this, including motors and a sensor that combines color and distance detection. In total, the kit includes 840 bricks, and comes with instructions for building five different models; Vernie the Robot, Frankie the Cat, the...

Alaidh Fox and Deirdre Hughes from Coláiste Bhaile Chláir in Galway at last week’s BT Young Scientist event. Fox and Hughes invented a wearable device to ensure greater accuracy in medicine using a Raspberry Pi device and Python code. Image: Connor McKenna Coding has not yet arrived on the Irish school curriculum. As this year’s BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition shows, Irish schools are missing out, writes John Kennedy. I say it every year and I’ll say it again: if you...

Did you know that Microsoft has had tools and programs for kids… for 8 years??? Well, consider yourself informed! Small Basic started in 2008! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Small_Basic You’re on the blog for Small Basic now: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/smallbasic/ Small Basic teaches actual text/syntax-based coding (the professional stuff), helping students take the next step after tile and block-based conceptual coding. Unlike Java, JavaScript, and Python (which were made for adults), Small Basic was made for kids and young students. The language has been simplified for that purpose, the UI...

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Jimu Robot is an interactive building block robotics kit that empowers children/teenagers to create and program their own robots. Along the way, they engage in powerful hands-on learning in STEM and gain 21st-century skills and mindsets. The robot is produced by UBTECH, which is a high tech robotics enterprise that has a history of producing commercial robots and promoting them around the world.   There are 5 different robot kits available in the JIMU line: the MeeBot Kit, the most user-friendly of the 3,...

Image Source | Youtube.com Only moms and dads will ever feel if their child is a genius, or will become one. The thing is, even young budding geniuses need to keep their brain stimulated so they can reach their full potential. But even if a child doesn’t seem to exude genius material, many have proven to be late bloomers by learning through awesome teaching toys. Image Source | Youtube.comSo whether these tech teaching toys are for geniuses who need to be stimulated...

The first Lego Boost product is what the company is calling a "creative toolbox," which contains three Boost bricks plus 840 other Lego blocks. The core unit is the Move Hub, which contains a six-axis tilt sensor, two input and output ports, a power button and a light that changes color. It's powered by six AAA batteries and is covered in the usual Lego studs so that kids can build on top of it. Other Boost bricks include a combination...

LAS VEGAS — Elmo's coming to Sesame Street with a brand new set of wheels. On Tuesday, WowWee showed off ELMOJI, its upcoming robotic collaboration with Sesame Workshop. It's a teeny robot version of your favorite Sesame Street character, and its goal is to teach kids to code. ELMOJI works alongside an app that WeeWow says will teach young children the basic foundations of coding through cute, visual Elmo emojis. As kids work their way through games, Elmoji moves around, reacts...

Learning to Code: It's Not Just for Teens AnymoreFriday Dec. 30th, 2016Katie Larson, photos by Andrea Paulseth Chippewa Valley Montessori Charter School students – (from left to right) Rose, Bode, Saige, Esper, and Jack – programmed an Ollie robot to follow a predetermined route on the school library’s floor. The message inscribed on a Post-it note and passed from one colleague to another during the first professional development day at the Chippewa Valley Montessori Charter School is pretty telling of the misconceptions...

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CodeMonkey is an online game that teaches both the fundamentals and advanced topics in computer programming. Use coding skills to program a monkey to grab bananas and ride the turtle without falling into the river! In CodeMonkey students program an adorable monkey to get all its bananas back from the bad gorilla who stole them. As they progress in the game, students will meet different friends like the trusty turtle, who will help them in their journey as they face more complex challenges...

Elected officials may have a hard time admitting to not knowing something, but I have a confession: Several years ago, my adult son had to explain to me exactly what was meant by the term coding. “It’s the language of computers,” he said. Seeing the look on my face, he put it another way: “Coding is how people create websites, apps, software; anything web-based.” Okay, that made more sense. And what has become very clear is that the skill of coding is...

Making computer programming a part of the K-13 curriculum is becoming a rallying call in the United States. But just because you teach a subject doesn’t mean you get kids interested in it. So the real challenge is how to get kids, who might not necessarily be into computers, to pursue a career in coding? Google and MIT’s Media Lab are trying to answer that question at Code Next, an after-school program located in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland....

By Jen Cowart In Cranston Public Schools, the CS4RI initiative, spear-headed by Governor Raimondo to bring computer science education to all public schools by the end of 2017, is already in full swing at the secondary level; 21st Century Skills computer classes are a graduation requirement for high school and other computer science classes are offered, some which are eligible for college credits. The technology curriculum is fully implemented at the middle schools. According to library program supervisor Sue Rose,...

The Kyrene del Milenio Elementary fifth-graders huddled in pairs over laptops and notebooks, creating movements of figures on the screen from popular games like Minecraft or games based on popular Disney movies like “Muano.” At one table, Isaac Lehman was “the driver” who moved coding on the screen on the advice of the “navigator,” classmate Ngiratudelei Tellames. The youngsters and the rest of the Ahwatukee school’s student body, from kindergarten through fifth grade, as well as all other schools throughout the Kyrene...

To the Editor: Our children are our future. How often have we heard that line? Probably more times than we can count, but it is truer now than ever before, especially as we find ourselves overwhelmed with new technologies on a daily basis. We rely on Generation M to help us navigate this confusing world. Unfortunately, although preteens and teens may appear fluent, flitting among social-media sites, uploading selfies and texting friends, their digital skills end there. According to a new study...

Share Article Follow Futurity Researchers have built an interactive table that uses beats and samples to teach the basics of computer programming. They’ll install the device, called TuneTable, in museums in Atlanta and Chicago in 2017, giving K-12 students a chance to try it. “It’s also about changing the attitude about computation and exposing it to people that might not have sought it out otherwise,” says project lead Brian Magerko, an associate professor in Georgia Tech’s Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. “Hopefully some...

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Lightbot is a programming puzzle game; it uses game mechanics that are firmly rooted in programming concepts. Lightbot lets players gain a practical understanding of basic concepts like instruction sequencing, procedures and loops, just by guiding a robot to light up tiles and solve levels. Teachers worldwide are choosing Lightbot first when introducing their students to programming. This programming app was developed for kids by an undergraduate student who's been coding since he was a kid himself. Brief instructions are included at...

Whenever we think of programming and as it’s now known “Coding” you kinda think first of the older kids, high-school for sure but even late primary school too. Well Fisher-Price have taken kids toys to the next level with coding for preschoolers. All those kids toys are meant to be educational, but sometimes you can’t quite see how they are or what they are teaching. Enter the Code-a-Pillar. An interactive toy from Fisher-Price teaching the basics of block coding. Yep,...

Since its release in 2011, Minecraft has captured the hearts and minds of today’s youth. With the recent release of MinecraftEDU school version, this popular game is rapidly becoming the most important educational software of our generation and is now used to teach logic, problem solving, and geometry. While many educators use Minecraft to teach project-based learning and other liberal arts topics, many don’t realize that Minecraft is one the best ways to teach students computer programming. Here are four reasons...

Last week, some of our 4-year-old students did something really fascinating: They programmed a robot using code.That’s right, preschoolers at Bessie Carmichael Elementary were given a set of instructions, and with a little time and a lot of puzzling things through, they made a small robot dance. Soon, all of our preschoolers will be playing and learning much the same way. [advertisement] In fact, all of our students, prekindergarten through 12th grade, will be learning computer science — along with math, language arts...