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Teaching Children to Code without Screens

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A few years ago, media pundits speculated whether every prospective journalist would need to learn how to code -- writing specific lines of gobbledygook that tell web pages and their many features, such as slide shows and video displays, how to look and perform. Some believed that learning the vast intricacies of coding, where one errant space, punctuation mark, or character can cause an entire site to malfunction, needed to be mastered if one was to succeed as a journalist, better known today as a multimedia specialist; others maintained that journalists should seek to do what journalists always did and leave the technical stuff to, well, techies.

Those who subscribe to the former opinion about coding can now get their offspring started as early as possible, since the coding world is always expanding and adding features. For anyone who's worried that the little ones will indulge in too much screen time, there's a method for teaching kids about coding that doesn't involve screens.

Tech startup Little Tinkerer has come up with Mangobot, a new toy that helps children learn and develop problem-solving skills...and coding. Because what good is a maturing child who's learning how to cope with life's difficulties if s/he can't also code?

Mangobot consists of small blocks with colorful emblems that can be arranged in sequences that then send commands to a nearby robotic device.

Company CEO Dawn Zhang told DesignWeek, “Coding is becoming an essential tool and skill....My ultimate goal was to create something that would not be daunting or isolating, but rather purposely made to allow kids to problem solve, interact with friends and family and most importantly, grow freely.”

Long as they mind their p's and @_#'s.

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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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