Play-I : Bo & Yana

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Description 

Play-I looks to be an amazing re programmable toy with lots of potential, I believe  any child would love to have a play and learn with Play-i . If i had very young children i would be adding this to the Xmas list.

We founded Play-i almost a year ago with one mission: to make programming fun and accessible for every child. It has been an exciting journey as Bo & Yana came to life, thanks to the input and help from hundreds of children and parents who played with our robots at different stages of development.!”

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Bo

Bo is an explorer. Bo is playful and curious. Bo loves going on adventures and making new friends. As you play together, Bo learns new skills and becomes a more capable robot. Together, there’s no stopping where you and Bo can go.

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Play Possibilities Are Endless

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Yana

Yana is a storyteller. Yana is clever, imaginative and full of dreams. Yana can surprise and entertain you by bringing characters to life as you play! Use the power of your imagination to unlock Yana’s potential.

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5-8 Years

Visual programming interface for kids 5+ that weaves in music, stories and animation. Learn coding by looking at and tweaking the code behind the visual interface.

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8-12 Years 

Go beyond the play and  use Blockly, a visual programming languages created by Google. Our libraries and tutorials make these languages a lot more fun!

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12+ Years

Write code — for fun, and to build applications for iOS and Android using our API. You can still weave in the play interface if you want!

Alice

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Descriptions 

Alice is designed to teach programming theory.

Designed to encouraging storytelling, unlike most other programming languages Users can place objects from Alice’s gallery into the virtual world that they have imagined.

Program by dragging and dropping tiles that represent logical structures.Manipulate Alice’s camera and lighting to make further enhancements.

Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student’s first exposure to object-oriented programming. It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. In Alice, 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate the objects.

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Alice is a 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web.

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Suitable for Key Stage 3 + Alice is a FREE a teaching tool designed to be a student’s first exposure to object-oriented programming. 

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It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games.

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In Alice, 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate the objects.

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In Alice’s interactive interface, students drag and drop graphic tiles to create a program, where the instructions correspond to standard statements in a production oriented programming language.

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Alice is conjoined with its IDE. There is no syntax to remember. However, it supports the full object-based programming, event driven model of programming.

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Ollie & Sphero : Toys & Games

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Description

We create connected toys, fusing emerging technology with the latest innovations in robotics to offer a new kind of open play experience. With our smart robots and open software we hope to inspire the next generation of inventors and programmers”

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The ingenious free app is packed full of thrilling multiplayer games, programmable tricks and stunts. So get building your own perilous ramps and raceways and prepare to unleash this reckless robotic adrenaline-junkie..

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Sphero Ollie, the cylindrical and bad-ass bigger brother of the original Sphero. It may look like something pinched from the set of a Tron film; but this futuristic, app-controlled robot is set to usher in a new, adrenaline-fuelled driving experience. o.

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  •  Unleash a futuristic, app-controlled adrenaline junkie
  •  Travels at a blistering 6.3 metres per second (14mph!)
  •  Bluetooth connectivity up to 30 metres, let it roll free
  •  60 glorious minutes of driving time on a single charge
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We created the SPRK program because we believe play is a powerful teacher. Whether you’re an educator or a parent, SPRK lessons give kids a fun crash course in programming while sharpening their skills in math and science. Download the free lessons or see what teachers are saying about Sphero in the classroom on twitter. – See more

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We create connected toys – but that’s not all. By fusing technology with robotics, our toys are teaching and inspiring tomorrow’s inventors and innovators. Programming isn’t easy, but you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to give kids a strong foundation. All you need is a Sphero. – see more..

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  •  Unrivalled manoeuvrability, able to turn on a dime
  •  Spin, drift, and flip with app-powered tricks
  •  Effortlessly leaps off ramps and gets some serious air
  •  Rugged on the outside, incredibly smart on the inside

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Scratch

Description

Scratch is great for students of all ages. I like the use of drag and drop. The colourful layout makes it interactive and easy for all students to grasp quickly.

The online community is vast and very knowledgeable.  There are many tutorials for scratch as well as many pre defined resources to give students a head start.

To download and install Scratch click here. To play online click here.

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The Scratch Wiki is a collaboratively-written wiki available for free that provides information about the Scratch programming language and its website, history, and phenomena surrounding it. The wiki is supported by the Scratch Team, but is primarily written by Scratchers. The Scratch Wiki is a popular source of information for scripts and tutorials, and it continues to grow as Scratchers use it as their primary source of information.

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Scratch 2 is designed to support screen sizes 1024 x 768 or larger. projects to the Scratch 2 website.

If your computer doesn’t meet these requirements, you can try downloading and installing Scratch 1.4, which you can still use to share

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Scratch is a programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others around the world. In the process of designing and programming Scratch projects, young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively

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You can install the Scratch 2.0 editor to work on projects without an internet connection. This version will work on Mac, Windows, and some versions of Linux (32 bit).

The MIT Scratch Team and collaborators are researching how people use and learn with Scratch (for an introduction, see Scratch: Programming for All). Find out more aboutScratch research and statistics about Scratch.

I encourage you to try either the online or installed version of Scratch. There is a wealth of resources and a huge community to help you and students of all ages learn computer programming.

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KineScript : iPad

Description 

KineScript is a great colourful app for learning  visual programming.  Children and beginners can learn coding and share there work.

Easily It’s easy to make a scene,  built-in sprite characters, stage images and sounds library.

Drag a script and build the script block to control the flow and to change the behaviour. You can build animations, games and stories easily to share them by email.

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The library contains many other artist’s works; free sound clips and clip arts specially from openclipart community.

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Built-in characters, stage images and sounds library.
Support user defined variable.
Built-in script palettes;

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Character controls and animation functions, stage controls, if/while conditions, sub-routine,
math operations, sound controls, coloured-tracing and particle effects.

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Script inspector to change the number, colour, math operations and change a sprite or sound easily.
Dragging a script to easily to attach or detach to build block to work.

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Support full screen player window to run or to edit the scene.
Export to email and import from it.

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Includes easy how to guide.
Sound recoding.
Sample project included.

Cato’s Hike (lite) : iPhone & iPad

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Description 

Cato’s Hike is a game for the iPhone & iPad teaching  young children and beginners basic programming skills.Younger students will enjoy solving levels using simple coding techniques while older students will be able to use advanced concepts.

Learning to use loops and branching as well as even more advanced concepts such as basic stack or memory. The LITE version is more that enough encourage the young and beginners to start learning whilst encouraging them to progress further.

Cato is a little boy who just like every little boy likes to go out and play. One fine day Cato was playing outside when a portal to another world opened up in front of him; a portal to another world!

Cato stepped through and discovered that this world unlike his own didn’t follow the same rules. Every time he tried to take a step or an action he’d find himself stuck in place. Stuck that is until he finally discovered the rules in this universe: by writing a program for himself he would be able to overcome all obstacles and learn something new along the way!

learning Code for Kids” loves the “Lite” version. It is colourful and keeps the user engaged.

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This is the Lite version, and includes the tutorial world and the *FULL* map editor with sandbox mode so you can create your own little worlds and puzzles.  Play them, challenge your friends and family.

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* Simple programming interface using beautiful cards with pictures
* 59 levels and 10 tutorials (always working to add more!)
* Powerful map editor so you can create your own maps and puzzles and share with friends
* Preview your maps directly in the map editor to save time and test out your maps more quickly!

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* Saves program progress so you can pick up at any time and iteratively develop
* Email your puzzle solutions to share your genius with others
* Beautiful artwork and amusing sound effects and music
* A manual to help guide parents and more interested users

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* Puzzles ranging from easy to hard to teach different programming concepts without trying to force them
* Loops, branches and if/else, and simple memory using colored flags are the main tools used to introduce programming
* Emailed maps include gorgeous screenshot of what you are sending so your friends know what to expect

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The full version of the game unlocks the rest of the worlds and allows you to  share your programs and maps.

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* Cato’s Hike teaches children (ages 5+) the essentials of programming and how to think about solving complex problems
* The challenges in there are solvable easily by children of all ages but more nuanced and complex solutions should challenge teenagers and parents alike!