This week as I searched for news on programming and kids, Codie, came up noticeably more than once, e.g., TechCrunch and The Next Web. Codie, expected to launch in November 2015, is another in a genre of toys focusing on teaching programming to kids using robots or other tangible modalities.
Codie is a robot with a simple design including a built-in accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, microphone and sensors. Accompanying Codie is an app that enables you to program it using a brand new language created by Codie’s co-founders, Adam Lipecz and Andras Hollo, to bridge “the gap between kids’ imagination and the algorithmic thinking.” (Indiegogo, April 2015). Kids should find better engagement with the coding process because there is no compiling time so changes can be seen in real-time, and the touchscreen interface has “a focus on gestures to help kids feel engaged with the visual coding process” (Lomas, TechCrunch, April 3, 2015).
Read more about Codie and their Indiegogo campaign.