Kid-friendly programming tutorials delivered to your door

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Bitsbox

One of the biggest regrets I have is that I didn’t learn how to code when I was a kid. I’m a bit envious of those that can soon get a Bitsbox, a monthly subscription box teaching kids how to write programs through simple, fun games and activities.  It’s currently up on Kickstarter for funding, but the project has already made its funding goal with just about a month left.  The box pairs with a free Bitsbox website, which gives kids access to an iPad emulator to run their code and see it working, but the kit also utilizes QR codes to transfer projects to a physical mobile device.  Bitsbox can currently be backed for $40 for a single “at home” box (there are classroom and school pricing blocks available as well) slated to ship in April 2015.  Full subscription services and pricing breakdowns will probably be available soon after the close of the funding campaign.

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  • meistervu December 23, 2014, 6:56 pm

    I am a software developer, but I have quite a bit of concern with teach kids how to code at such early age (The KickStarter website said it’s for kids as young as 5). I have a 8 year old daughter.

    I believe that at young age kids has an open window to develop an area of the brain that once mature, is not as receptive: language, music, art, math, dexterity, creativity in general.

    Sure, software programming require creativity, but it’s quite restrictive compared to say drawing, making up stories, playing with friends.

    Software development will be quite different in the future when these kids are ready to enter the work force, but their language, math skills, creativity is always useful.

    There was an article not so long ago about how the elite in Silicon Valley educate their kids. They keep them from electronic toys including computers. There is a reason they do that.

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