Tuesday, February 19

littleBits working out big plans in coding

code kitKnown for its steam-centric electronic building blocks, New York-based tech startup littleBits is working out some big plans when it comes to coding.

The company has launched a new kit designed to teach the foundations of coding and engineering through blocks and gaming activities.

It will also coincide with the release of a littleBits Code Kit app that features drag-and-drop block programming based on Google’s Blockly.

Also included in the kits are more than 100 activities and lessons for kids in grades three to eight as well as start guides for both students and teachers.

littleBits, which joined Disney’s 2016 Accelerator Program after raising US$60 million in funding, is currently accepting advanced purchase orders for the kit, which will be released in June.

The new kit is perfectly timed with coding’s rise in prominence among kids, parents and educators. In December, Disney launched the free online tutorial Moana: Wayfinding with Code in collaboration with Code.org as part of the fourth-annual global Hour of Code initiative, which is designed to familiarize kids as young as five with coding basics.