In 2017 the discussion about teaching coding to elementary school students started with Kindergarten. Just ahead of ISTE 2017, the International Society For Technology in Education published a book by Wisconsin teacher Heidi Williams. The book entitled; No-Fear Coding: Computational Thinking Across the K-5 Curriculum. Williams wrote at link about the benefits to teaching coding as young as kindergarten.
As 2018 began we started noticing the importance of starting coding/programming education as early as pre-k. That philosophy is grounded in the fact that younger children absorb more information. They are also able to grasp ideas through trial and error and there’s nothing more trial and error than programming and coding.
KinderLab Robotics created a robot named Kibo. Kibo is programmed by using wooden blocks with barcodes on them. Children ages 4-7 program Kibo by laying out the blocks in the order in which they want him to do things. As they finish a literal block code, they scan each blocks barcode, starting with a start block and ending with an end block, and voila, Kibo starts performing the program that the child has created.
This literal form of block programming also means that Kibo is completely independent of mobile devices and computers. It frees kids up from screen time, a theme that resonates with parents worldwide.
Kibo can be programmed to draw, move about, spin around and more. KinderLab Robotics has even made it easy for children to add arts and crafts to him for a variety of project ideas that kids are even coming up with themselves.
Tatum did a review of Kibo last year and got to spend some time with Jason Innes, the Manager of Training and Curriculum Development at KinderLab Ronotics at FETC. Check out the interview video above and for more information visit kinderlabrobotics.com