Look what I found! How cool is this?! I already added it to my wishlist, this Osmo Coding game for kids from 5 years of age. The Osmo game platform is an iPad App that works with real tangible objects, like letter blocks, pieces of a puzzle and pen-and-paper. Since recently, it even comes with specially developed colorful magnetic coding blocks that kids can use to create programming code.[update January 22] I bought the Osmo Genius Kit and the Osmo Coding set. Check out the video and read about our first impression in this new article!
What is Osmo Coding
To play the coding game, you have to buy some Osmo stuff. You need the Osmo Genius Kit or the Osmo Starter Kit and the additional Osmo Coding game set. You also need to download the Osmo Coding app from the App Store. The app only works with Osmo base and reflector. In the Coding game, kids can make a cute character named Awbie move through his world to collect as many strawberries as he can by placing the coding blocks in the correct order and press the run button. Thanks to the special mirror, the camera on the iPad receives the sequence of the blocks and Awbie starts to move. Awbie can walk, rotate, jump and perform other actions. Anything he needs to do to get his beloved strawberries…
The creators of Osmo, Ariel Zekelman, and Felix Hu, are students at the Tangible Interaction Design and Learning (TIDAL) Lab. In their project, that they initially called Strawberries, they tried to combine real objects with coding. Felix actually learned to code while working on this project and he found out that coding isn’t hard at all. Most of all, it is just another way of thinking and problem-solving. And this is exactly the point they want to make with their Osmo platform.
I’ll make a video about this playset as soon as possible! If you’d like to see something specific in the video, please let me know in the comments below. (Or just say hi! ;) )