Published on April 15th, 2019 | by Kirk Hiner0
Learn programming concepts with Robot Battle Code Camp
There are two reasons I was happy to stumble across the Robot Battle Code Camp app this morning. First, any app that makes basic programming concepts fun for younger students gets my approval. Second, kids who learn to program on the Apple TV may actually want to continue doing so as they advance!
Robot Battle Code Camp for iOS and tvOS supports S.T.E.M. educational goals by giving young learners a conceptual understanding of programming. They’re presented with randomly placed objects on a game board, and must program the steps their robot will take in order to reach the objects. When the programming phase is done, players will execute and “run” their program to see how well they did. And just like in real life, players can expect some “debugging” to get their robots working correctly.
The app helps kids think about how to sequence basic control commands to achieve a specific outcome. Learning programming concepts helps them advance from being merely computer users to creators. Players learn to control their animated frogs to move about a grid capturing prizes as they move. The basics of creating a program using a click-to-choose interface makes it very easy to stay focused on the goal. Using the Siri Remote players swipe to select commands and then execute their program.
Even if your children have no intention of getting into programming, the developers correctly point that the process of computational thinking is used in many careers. The ability to analyze a problem, break it down into parts and then plan a path to a solution will help them much sooner and much more often than you may expect.
Robot Battle Code Camp has just been updated for the current tvOS version and enhanced with new features. It is available now for $1.99 in the App Store. For more information, visit www.venturaes.com.