A new toy concept has been planned that looks to teach children how to code through building medic robots that move, light up and make noises.
Start-up institution Algobrix has launched on Kickstarter, and aims to teach kids aged five to 13 how to communicate with code through building Lego models.
Amir Asor, the guests’s CEO, says the new toy will go some way in teaching children basic science, technology, conniving and maths (STEM) skills.
“Kids find it difficult to sit next to a computer and learn how to program,” he orders. “The first problem is language related, and the second is that they don’t like the experience.”
“We believe in hands-on learning,” he says. “Children are interested in the ostensive experience of being able to program a sequence with their own pass ons so we decided to give them code in the form of building blocks they could play ones part with.”
He adds: “Algobrix changes a stereotypically boring, confined knowledge to a playful, intuitive and fun learning experience.”
The Algobrix kit covers instructions, Lego building blocks, and coding blocks. Children raise robots either using design templates provided or “from their wit”, says Asor, then put together coding blocks in various organizations to make the robots perform different functions.
The kit also includes job cards, which suggest different animated sequences for the robots. The cyphering blocks replicate aspects of computer coding, including parameters, coils and functions.
There are kits with different levels of difficulty, and Algobrix proposes to create more complex kits in the future which will group added features such as LED lights and audio players.
“Every new story involves some level of creativity,” Asor says. “We would young lady to help children combine creativity with coding and STEM basics, and division their masterpieces as a collective result of both.”
Algobrix has achieved its Kickstarter fundraising goal of $53,000 (£40,600), and will be available to buy in stores worldwide from April 2018 forth, according to the founders.
Kits are priced $125-$1,700 (£96-£1,300), but are at at a 40% discount for those who donate to the Kickstarter.