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  • Making programming fun with robots can encourage kids to learn to code
  • Making programming fun with robots can encourage kids to learn to code
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Play-i: coding for kids

Coding is an increasingly important skill, but getting a young child enthusiastic about it isn’t easy. Can gamifying learning with toy robots help create a new generation of programmers?

Location United States

Scope
Whether you’re learning to speak Spanish or play the guitar, it’s usually best to start young. And it’s no different for programming. But in the same way that kids don’t want to eat vegetables, getting a young child enthusiastic about writing lines of code isn’t an easy task.

After leaving his job at Google, Vikas Gupta realised that America’s standard of computer science education left a lot to be desired. So he set out to create a compelling way for children as young as four to start learning basic coding concepts. The result was Play-i – a robot-building ...

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