You see it everywhere – parents handing over their iPads to children for entertainment, education and time-killing purposes. It’s the new TV. But now, kids can learn to code for free in fun new ways – on an iPad.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
First, there was Cargo-Bot, the free and fun iPad game where kids learn to instruct a robot to move crates by programming. Then a cutesy Daisy the Dinosaur was released by Hopscotch, a company founded by two women (Samantha John and Jocelyn Leavitt) in New York passionate about getting more young girls interested in programming.
The free app was a hit (free, fun, adorable app featuring a dinosaur that helps teach programming to kids – what’s not to love?) but critiqued for being too limited. Users wanted more challenges and levels, even offering to pay for an extended version of the app.
Announcing Hopscotch, the latest free app helping teach kids to program!
This week, Hopscotch released their eponymous product Hopscotch, another free iPad app for children to learn object-oriented programming with the use of bright, colorful blocks and characters.
With the Hopscotch iPad game, kids can make short animations and games easily by dragging and dropping different objects and running scripts on them.
All these iPad apps to teach children to code are recommended for children ages 8-13, and user reviews have been recommending them for children as young as 5 years of age and up.
Women 2.0 readers: How are you encouraging girls to dabble in science, technology, entrepreneurship and math? Let us know in the comments!
Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education through our platform. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.