The potential of kid’s games to teach core coding principles has been proved with the Robot Turtles game from Don Shapiro. Launched with a target of $25000 on Kickstarter, it raised over $630000. Another contribution to this lineup of games is the educational game for kids Primo, which serves as a physical programming interface teaching programming logics to kids with the use of an Arduino robot.
Parts & Functioning of the Game
The electronic part of the educational game for kids Primo is masked with wooden boxes, which is viewed by children as a game of blocks on a board along with a cute little robot. Children snap instruction blocks, through colored pictures into the physical programming interface (the board), hence, making the wheeled bot execute the instruction set after the push of the red button. Thus, children can physically visualize the working of the program code with this educational game for kids Primo.
There are 4 distinct types of colored pieces for providing different instructions, including the forward, right and left blocks to move in respective directions and a circular function block in green color. The basic set of instructions is made more complex with the use of the function block in the educational game for kids Primo, which calls the blocks’ last line making a subroutine on every execution.
Availability & Cost
The creators of this educational game for kids Primo state that this game can be considered as the first step to help a child learn programming education, teaching the basic level of programming logic. With an aim to raise a total of 35000 pounds through Kickstarter campaign, this kit has successfully collected over 30,000 pounds with 14 days left. The cost of a fully assembled kit is fixed at 160 pounds, while the DIY version of the game is offered at a cost of 135 pounds, which you can easily assemble on your own at home. After reaching the target, the creators target to ship this educational game for kids Primo till August next year.