Take some time to learn how to code your own app or game. There are apps to help kids at all levels. Here are a few to get you started~ all can be used 100% free. Most of them do have in-app purchase options, but you can use the basic functions at no cost while you try them out to see which one(s) you like.
To complete this Adventure go through the apps and find one that works best for you. Spend some time learning to code. Technology is all around you, and you are going to be using it your whole life. You might as well learn to CREATE it! Or at least understand some basics of how your technology works.
The Foo’s– Great ratings.
Daisy the Dinosaur– This has a drag & Drop interface to teach the basics of programming. Recommended for 4+
A.L.E.X.– This one is a puzzle game where you have to program your robot.
Cargo-Bot– This game is a puzzle challenge where you have to move crates by using coding. This puzzle game challenges your brain and helps you learn programming concepts.
Box Island– Kids take part in an adventure on Box Island where they play games by learning coding & programming in this Award Winning Coding Adventure for Kids! Box Island is a mobile game that takes boys and girls on an exciting adventure, while teaching the fundamentals of coding. Kids apply the basics, such as loops and conditionals, to progress through the super fun and challenging gameplay. Rendered in a beautiful 3D game world featuring 100 levels, where the first 10 levels are free, Box Island is a story-driven journey that keeps kids highly engaged and motivated while playing…
Kodable– is a game with aliens who have crashed in space and need to find their way through a maze-covered planet by using code. Kids learn the fundamentals of every modern programming language in a fun and inviting way. This has an accompanying curriculum for teaching elementary students that is great for homeschooling parents, or parents who want their kids to have an early experience with coding apps. Most schools don't offer anything like this until much later.
Tynker– a game that has puzzles to learn the basics of coding. Then you can create your own games with step-by-step tutorials. Tynker is the easiest way to learn to code. This award-winning curriculum helps kids learn to love coding! Watch your child learn as they build games, write interactive stories, modify Minecraft, program drones, and even explore STEM.
Pre-schoolers under 4 are a little young to begin coding apps. However, they are certainly not too young to begin learning how apps work. For most adults, when a piece of technology isn't working the way we want it to we can usually just find a child and they'll show us how to use it!
For this adventure we can give pre-school students an opportunity to experience how apps work. Choose a few simple, child-oriented apps and let them explore!
It's a CODING CONTEST!! Using one of the programs listed above, develop your own app. Once completed submit your app for a chance to win over $100 in prizes!
Submit your app by emailing a detailed description of what it is, the problem it solves, and how it works to MyDiscoveryDestination@gmail.com. We will then set-up a time to have you come demonstrate your app in person to a judging committee so that a winner can be determined.
Take some time to learn how to code your own app or game. There are apps to help kids at all levels listed in the Basic Adventure. Here are a few more specifically for teens. All of these are free. Most of them do have in-app purchase options, but you can use the basic functions at no cost while you try them out to see which one(s) you like.
To complete this Adventure go through the apps listed in the Basic Adventure or use the one listed below, whichever one works best for you. Spend some time learning to code. Technology is all around you, and you are going to be using it your whole life. You might as well learn to CREATE it! Or at least understand some basics of how your technology works.
Udacity– This is for the older crowd. It is not a game, but courses taught by experts right within the app. There are varying levels from beginner to expert. Prepare yourself for the jobs of today, tomorrow, and beyond with Udacity. Master in-demand skills in today’s hottest fields, through learning programs built with the world’s most innovative companies. Join millions of lifelong learners across the globe who are empowering themselves through education. Use the Udacity app to fully manage your personalized learning experience.
You may also want to check out PluralSight (https://www.pluralsight.com/kids-courses) for some FREE Kids' courses!
Take a picture of your app in progress and post it to your social media sites to let the world know what you did! This is AWESOME!!! Include the hashtags #CodingApps and #MyDiscoveryDestination