Google has announced a new project that is designed to help kids learn to code, it is called Project Bloks.
Project Bloks has been developed by Google, Paulo Blikstein from Stanford University and IDEO and they have created an open hardware platform that can be used to learn coding.
Project Bloks is preceded and shaped by a long history of educational theory and research in the area of hands-on learning. From Friedrich Froebel, Maria Montessori and Jean Piaget’s pioneering work in the area of learning by experience, exploration and manipulation, to the research started in the 1970s by Seymour Papert and Radia Perlman with LOGO and TORTIS. This exploration has continued to grow and includes a wide range of research and platforms.
The Project Bloks system We’ve designed a system that developers can customise, reconfigure and rearrange to create all kinds of different tangible programming experiences.
The Project Bloks system is made up of three core components the “Brain Board”, “Base Boards” and “Pucks”. When connected together they create a set of instructions which can be sent to connected devices, things like toys or tablets, over wifi or Bluetooth.
You can find out more details about Google’s new initiative to help children learn to code at the link below.
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