Robotics for Toddlers

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More and more people support teaching kids to code from an early age, but how early can children learn such skills?

According to ThinkFun, the company behind the new board game Robot Turtles, even 4-year-olds can learn to code using this game.

Dan Shapiro, a former programmer at Google, wanted to share his work with his daughters. He knew there were online tools for young children, but he thought a board game would be a fast and fun way to teach his kids the essentials.

After the most successful board game Kickstarter campaign in the crowdfunding company’s history, Robot Turtles received $630,000 in pledges. The game is now available for purchase.

The premise of the game is that the child is a programmer and the adult plays the computer. The kid can “write code” to help a turtle reach a jewel. With each turn, the child uses cards to build the code to meet this goal.

This is particularly useful for other parents who want their children to learn to code but don’t know where to start. “This brings the computer world into traditional play,” says a company spokesperson, making it a fun learning experience for the whole family.

For more information on the game visit the Robot Turtles website.

Source: Samantha Murphy Kelly, Mashable