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Project Bloks Collaborative Play and Programming
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Jan 04, 2017 2017-01-04

STEM • STEAM • STREAM

Coding Through Collaborative Play

Like LEGO has done for aspiring architects, Google’s Project Bloks is intended to create budding programmers through collaborative play. This research project by Google and an assistant professor at Stanford University is the latest foray into the world of tangible programming. As the name implies, tangible programming, or computing, focuses on creating physical interfaces that can help children understand abstract concepts, such as how code works. The Bloks consist of three components: a Brain Board that provides power and sends instructions to a toy or tablet; Base Boards outfitted with sensors; and Pucks that can receive various instructions (such as turn on, move left, play). Google’s Project Bloks is still in active research, but teachers, parents, and anyone else who’s interested can sign up to track its progress.

Computer Science/Coding/Programming Gamification/Game-Based Learning

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