Thursday, November 14, 2013

Robot Turtles: Teaching Kids To Code

Robot Turtles is the most backed board game in Kickstarter history. Dan Shapiro invented the game to teach his kids to program a computer, "the single greatest superpower" he could give them. Shapiro goes on to say,
"I made Robot Turtles so that my kids could learn programming basics without needing a computer. In fact, they don't even need to be able to read!I've been told that this would never sell in the toy aisle.  I've shown it to board game designers and manufacturers; they told me this would never work on store shelves. Learning programming just sounds too complicated. But I disagree.  I think programming can be as simple as playing with these four turtles."
Turtle Robot Board Game, invented by Dan Shapiro 
Find out about the Robot Turtle board game on Kickstarter here. 
Visit the Robot Turtles website here.
Read about  the first Turtle Robot developed by Seymour Papert at MIT here.
This was Valiant’s first product and was probably the most successful Turtle robot.  Designed by Dave Catlin in 1983 the Valiant Turtle was included in the Best of British Design and Photography published in 1987 by the Design Council.  It was produced until 2011. (from


This Board Game Aims To Teach Preschoolers How To Code, Elise Hu, NPR
Seattle dad Strikes Gold With Board Game That teaches Basics Of Code, Monica Guzman, Seattle Times
Want To Learn The World's Most Powerful Language?, Monica Guzman, Seattle Times

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