An Hour of Code, You’re Doing it Right?
What is Hour of Code?
Two cool coding kits for your classroom
Hour of Code has spotlighted the growing importance of having a basic understanding of coding skills in our our technology-dependent world. More and more companies are designing toys for K-3 age kids that focus on teaching the fundamentals of coding. One such company (you’ve heard us talk about them before) is Wonder Workshop. We think they have some of the best products out there because their products are proven to help kids become engaged in learning to code by adding a hardware aspects that lets them manipulate a kid-friendly robot (Dash and Dot) as they code.
Another company we’ve had our eye on lately is Piper. It’s a computer kit that teaches you how to create your own basic computer and accompanying software. They send you a kit that you put together using a blueprint. Once you’ve built your computer you can start playing a game. In the Minecraft version, you have to stop and build new physical electronic components in order to advance your character. This can include new controllers and physical sensors. The kit that you buy comes with a wooden box that acts as your computer case, a screen, battery, speaker, and SD card with preloaded levels. Oh, and it comes with a Raspberry Pi with built in Wi-Fi allowing the user to use the Raspberry Pi afterwards and program it to do hundreds of other things. Piper is a fun learning tool to use in the classroom or at home to gets kids in the spirit of code.
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