Short Bytes: Based on the principles of tangible programming, Google has devised a new learning tool called ‘Project Bloks’. With the help of three components, Bloks creates a ‘physical’ program that teaches the coding basics to the young learners.
In its latest efforts to make coding more accessible and easier, Google has partnered with the Stanford University and design firm IDEO to start a new initiative called ‘Project Blocks‘.
It’s an open platform created to help the kids learn programming. With the help of physical components, kids use ‘Bloks’ as a reference design to create a physical ‘program’ that controls real world objects.
Specifically targeted at kids, this system consists of 3 core blocks — Brain Board, Base Board, and Pucks.
The Raspberry Pi-based Brain Board acts as the main controller that also houses power and communication parts.
The Base Boards is a small block that plays the role of a home that provides LED, haptic, and audio feedback.
The little Pucks are control modules that are made to perform a single function like on and off, increasing/decreasing volume, stop, go etc. When connected to a base board or another case board, a puck sends the specific commands to the brain board.
With the Project Bloks, Google intends to teach kids the logic behind coding and simple fundamentals. With this physical coding initiative, kids can grasp the basic skills and transfer them to the real-world applications.
Let’s hope that Google makes coding toys cheaper and develops Blocks into a powerful toy that developers can use to create customizable learning tools.
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