The need for programming in the modern world today has become so favourable that a consensus has been made for kids to develop such a skill faster. Even the president Barack Obama has expressed his wish for kids to develop an interest in sciences and mathematics as well as to learn programming faster. However the real question here is how can that be achieved?
That question, the company Osmo has tried to answer it by creating an intuitive way for kids to learn programming. This is a kit consisting of a smart accessory distined for iPad to teach kids the bases of programming as part of a funny game.
The ideal way of learning programming.
Programming first of all consist of giving commands to a computer on what to do. This is what the Osmo kit is trying to reproduce since each commands correspond to a physical bloc. The kids can then assemble the blocks in order to create simple commands.
The kids can choose between 4 different commands such as walk, jump, seize and another command which triggers something unpredictable. There is a quadrant on each block with an arrow which indicates the path to take. The blocks containing numbers can then be added at the end. Nothing will happen until he adds the block to read the sequence and that he presses on it. There is also a block for repetition if the kids desire to create a loop and there is also a block to liberate an awbie if it is blocked.
Also, the company has planned to expand the Awbie world with new environments and new creatures and with new challenges for the different levels and age groups. Officially, it is destined for kids of 5 to 12 years old.
Just as we can learn engineering and architecture by using Legos, Sharma hopes that we can learn programming with this Osmo programming kit.
This Osmo kit is available on the website of Osmo and in the Apple Stores at the price 159 Euros if you buy the complete package or 59 Euros if just buy the Osmo Programming.