“Coding, the Musical,“ by TechSpaghetti, is a freeinteractive app designed for iOS mobile devices that introduces children aged 4–8, specifically girls, to coding as they create characters and build musical story worlds. “Coding, the Musical” engages girls in computer science in a fun, playful, and creative environment; no coding knowledge is needed. The app includes 20 animated interactive stories, 60 songs, and 40 games that develop the fundamental coding concepts of logical thinking and sequencing. Story World 1 introduces arrays, directional functions, and Booleans. Story World 2 expands to variables and conditions. With oral instructions and guidance provided, children don’t have to be able to read. The “Coding, the Musical” method was developed by an elementary school teacher, in consultation with numerous developers, and with the help of children and parents around the world. Cost: Free
Girls Who Code, an international nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in tech, has announced its 2023 Summer Programs, freevirtual opportunities for students in grades 9–12. As part of Girls Who Code’s commitment to providing students with resources about the many pathways into a STEM career, this year’s programs have been updated to include curriculum options on Gaming and Data Science.
The Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit is aimed at fans of the Harry Potter universe, and as such, all the games and interactions are “magic” related. Although the kit is app-based and works with laptops and tablets, it also has a real-world feature in the form of a Harry Potter-style wand, which is built out of the box as part of a challenge and then acts as a way of interacting with the games.
With the help of computational thinking resources, students will be deciphering problems and forming solutions in no time. By learning to solve problems using this technical mindset, students are preparing for bright futures where they can combine creativity with computational thinking for ultimate innovation and success.