Yes, we did it! Our very first coding session happened today. A group of ten kids from 8 to 12 years old, have experienced the adventures of the Pirate Robot. The event took place in Ullink, a software company located in Paris. Together with employees from the company, we scheduled a coding session for a half day. The kids really enjoyed the game, they were focused on the mapping of keywords and their french translation in the white board; that was a double challenge for them. We were encouraged to translate the Play language in other languages, in particular the French language.
Knowing how to code, or more generally speaking, how to think computationally to solve a problem, is going to be a must for our society independently of the professional field.
As such, learning to code from an early age is the first step towards being tomorrow’s programming rock star. We, as today’s rock stars, know this because we used to play with code when we were kids. Do you remember Logo? (yes, the turtle drawing squares and crazy spirals!). It is a game for learning to code where you give instructions to a turtle. The Pirate Robot, just like the Logo’s turtle, is based on a programming language which has been developed specifically for kids.
We invite everybody to join the adventures of the pirate robot and help him find incredible treasures. New levels and improvements will come soon. The game has been tested in Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari. Please do not hesitate to give us your feedback.