Toys designed to educate kids about coding are becoming popular in Korea

Toys designed to educate kids about coding are becoming popular in Korea


Coding is the key part that makes or breaks
software programs… and getting into it can be a lucrative career. However,… it’s not for everyone… as it’s
difficult to learn and even harder to master. To make learning code less daunting, especially
for youngsters, a range of toys based on computer code have been commercialized… and are proving
popular with kids. Cho Sung-min reports. The devices and online services we use today
are made possible by talented computer coders. The ability to code is considered a pathway
to many of the jobs of the future. But it’s not something everyone catches on
to easily. To make computer programing more interesting
and less stressful for beginniners,… toys are hitting the shelves and are seeing some
tangible results. Coding toys are especially popular among children,
since they can do things ordinary toys cannot. For instance, this color-sensing toy can sense
and follow up and down the colored line… while some fancier ones can even differentiate
multiple colors at once. Another top seller is a cat robot made of
Lego blocks, which moves its tail and screeches when a baby bottle is put on its mouth. (KOREAN)
“As long as you punch in the right coding and have a motor and a sensor, you can make
your toy take commands and follow your orders.” Computer science experts highly recommend
learning to code at young age…because it clearly demonstrates how rough ideas are turned
into concrete output. (KOREAN)
“Coding is useful because it provides a vivid picture of how questions are solved when you
put in the right formulas. Beginners can easily get a grasp of computational
logic, which is vital knowledge that plays big part in the digital era.” As of 2018, coding will officially be added
to the curriculum taught in public elementary schools. And to fulfill the educational demands, more
coding toys and smartphone applications for young learners will be made available in the
near future. Cho Sung-min, arirang news.

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