Photos: New tech that’s teaching kids how to code
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Bo is programmed to play the xylophone
Startups around the world are creating innovative products–from storybooks to robots–to immerse children in the world of programming at an early age.
Bo helps clean up blocks
Bo the robot can be programmed to pick up other toys with his arms. Play-i is expected to release the toy later this year.
Bo and Yana interact
Bo and Yana can sense each other. Kids can program the robots to interact and even play hide-and-seek.
Program Bo on an iPad
The robot is programmed through an iPad or iPhone. Kids can create many different sequences.
Yana's programming interface
Yana is a storyteller. She can be programmed to turn into many different animals and characters with the swipe of a finger.
Kodable: an app to teach programming concepts
Kodable is an app created for children so they can learn the basic concepts of programming language. Fuzzy, friendly aliens travel through their planet in the game.
Playing the Kodable game
There is no text in Kodable, so children of all ages around the world are able to use the app by understanding the simple symbols.
Hello Ruby narrates programming concepts
Ruby is the character in a storybook about technology that has become one of the most popular campaigns on Kickstarter, raising more than $200,000.
Ruby's big imagination
Hello Ruby founder Linda Liukas wants to show children that they can build a world of their own with computer programming.
Hello Ruby comes with a workbook
After reading the story, children can work through an activity book to help them better understand concepts such as sequences and loops, as well as learn basic programming language.