Bitsbox Gets Your Students, As Young As First Grade, Coding Apps
There are a lot of products available today that teach kids to program and code in a variety of ways. Many of them involve robots or Minecraft. Others start with some kind of block programming like Scratch and evolve as the child gets older. Many of these are awesome products, but kids want to learn how to create apps and games. That’s what Bitsbox does. It’s the only thing that Bitsbox does, and they do it very well.
Last summer, our then 9 year old edtech reporter Tatum F, started using Bitsbox. She created a drawing app and a couple of games. One of the things that Tatum liked about Bitsbox the most, was that she could share her Bitsbox apps with her friends and family members, even if they were miles away. Her grandparents enjoyed seeing, and using the apps she made.
Every month, families get a bitsbox delivered to their door. It’s a new project every month. The subscriptions cost as little as $20 per month and the service starts with “Animal House” Coordinates and Simple Commands and continues on to more advanced kits as the time goes on.
The process is simple. When the bitsbox arrives in the mail, kids aged 6 to 14 look through the monthly book to see what apps are available to build. Once they find the app they want to work on they type the code from the materials into the bitsbox website. Then they can create the app and make it their own. Once completed the bitsbox app can be shared to any device so that mom, dad, family and friends can enjoy the app as well.
The company started in 2014 and did a Kickstarter campaign to launch where nearly 3,000 backers brought it to life with $253,696 dollars. Now, nearly a million kids have built apps using the bitsbox platform. Their young users are split just about down the middle as far as girls and boys go. They hail from over 60 different countries. Very little supervision is necessary.
While Tatum has tried, used and has a lot of fun with coding robotics kits, parents will love the fact that Bitsbox doesn’t have a hundred pieces to clean up and keep track of. In fact, Tatum actually used Bitsbox cards to create apps on a long car trip.
Kids across the globe love Bitsbox and teachers are starting to love it too. The easy to use cards make teaching coding games and apps to students, both easy and fun.
Learn more about Bitsbox at ISTE 2018 in Chicago, June 24-27th and online at bitsbox.com