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Your kids can learn how to program robots with Blockly

Your kids can learn how to program robots with Blockly

iSilly: Wacky, Fun & Random
July 30, 2015

Kids love robots, but some of the available kits can be a bit too complex for the younger generation. That’s where Blockly comes in, designed to go along with the Dash and Dot robots for children from ages 5 to 12. In its latest update, Blockly has new puzzles to solve and variables to use in programming the pint-sized robots.

Girls, ages 8 and 9 playing with Dash & Dot

Help Dash in new puzzles

The new puzzles in Blockly are designed to teach the concepts of coding through playful project ideas, which allows children to have fun and explore on their own. One addition to Blockly challenges your youngsters to save Dash from the Land of Giants, while another gets them to help Dash prepare for a dance contest. The developers behind Dash, Dot, and Blockly, Wonder Workshop, promise new bonus puzzles each week.

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New coding variables

The kids using Blockly have been asking for more of a challenge, and Wonder Workshop has added variables, operations, conditionals, and are working on more sensors for Dash. The new puzzles teach kids how to use the advanced coding concepts, as well as encouraging them to make their own projects. For instance, children can try turning Dot into a Magic Eight Ball or create a memory game with Dash’s sensors.

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Dash and Dot

The robots controlled by Blockly, Dash and Dot, are very cute educational toys. Look for my in-depth review of the Dash and Dot experience in mid-August. Blockly is designed for iPad, and is available as a free download on the App Store with no ads or in-app purchases.

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Blockly for Dash & Dot robots
Blockly for Dash & Dot robots

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