Apple's 'Swift Playgrounds' Teaches Kids to Code Through Play

By: Laura McQuarrie - Jun 28, 2016
References: developer.apple & engadget
At the latest WWDC keynote, Apple unveiled a new iPad app for kids called 'Swift Playgrounds' that helps them to learn its Swift programming language. To simplify the activity, Apple teaches kids to code in the form of a game.

With Swift Playgrounds, kids are introduced to a character named 'Byte' and are tasked with creating snippets of code so that gems can be collected. When coding, the programming language can be seen on the left side of the screen, while the interactive in-game world is displayed on the right. Initially, kids begin by dragging and dropping pieces of code, but as they progress, they are able to manually input their own lines.

As a companion to Swift Playgrounds, Apple recently launched in-store coding courses specifically for kids called 'Apple Camp.'