Look at what I found. How cool is this?! I already added it to my wishlist, this Osmo Coding game for kids from the age of 5 and up. The Osmo game platform is an iPad App that works with real tangible objects, like letter blocks, pieces of a puzzle, pen, and paper and now even 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 of the Osmo Starters 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. 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, students at the Tangible Interaction Design and Learning (TIDAL) Lab, tried to combine real objects with coding and started this project which was initially called Strawberries. Felix learned to code while working on this project and found that coding isn’t hard at all but more another way of thinking and problem-solving. And this is the point they want to make with their Osmo platform.
I’ll make a video about this play set 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! ;) )
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