Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Kids learn coding basics with Cargo-Bot

Cargo-Bot is the free app that teaches young kids the fundamentals of coding!  It is also the first app to be entirely created on an iPad using CodeaCodea lets you create games and simulations — or just about any visual idea you have. Turn your thoughts into interactive creations that make use of iPad features like Multi-Touch and the accelerometer.(http://twolivesleft.com/Codea/)

It is a highly engaging app that promotes deep level thinking to complete tasks, and strive for efficiency!  The more efficient their program is the more stars they get.  

When you start playing with Cargo-Bot, you quickly learn to use your finger to drag and drop commands, also known as registers, into the open slots. The crane then carries out the commands you have selected. The higher levels force the students to carry out multi-step processes in order to move different colored cargo boxes to the correct position. Each time you complete a task, you are rewarded with 1-3 stars based on how efficient you completed the goal.

Cargo-Bot works with all students; special education students all the way to gifted and talented students and everyone in between!  It is also not gender specific. I have just as many girls who enjoy playing with the app as I do boys (not to mention the emails from parents who admit they are kind of addicted to it as well).

Aside from teaching kids the fundamentals of coding, it does much, much more!  It teaches; collaboration, problem solving, analytical thinking, promotes team-work, and encourages discussion.  

Check out this "Game Changing App" and share your amazing success stories with us!

To learn more about the app visit Code.org.

Click here to download Cargo-Bot.

Click here to download Codea.


  1. Very cool. Thanks for sharing this, I've been looking for something like it and I'm excited to use it with the students.

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  2. Hey Matt, glad to share! I've been using it with my students for the last year and I think you and your students will love it.