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GoldieBlox’s new kids app aims to inspire the next generation of female coders

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Ruth Reed
Jul 21, 2016 17:17
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As the name implies, the new app s goal is to teach children, ages four and up, the fundamentals of coding through a puzzle-filled game.

In the game, several coding concepts are introduced, including sequential execution, mental modeling, debugging, clean code, and tuning procedural generation.

But the app tries to present these in a way that feels more like play than a school assignment, of course.

Essentially, the app uses storytelling as the hook that pulls in kids and gets them to learn about these coding concepts, which they put into practice as a means of progressing through the game world.

To what extent apps like these actually encourage new users to pick up coding later in life is still something of an unproven concept, however.

At best, research has proven that classroom exposure can help build CS skills later on, or early exposure can help women stay in the field in college.

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