Google's 'Project Bloks' introduces an open hardware toy for kids that will teach them some of the foundations of computer science. This is a collaborative project from Google's Creative Lab division and Paulo Blikstein of the Transformative Learning Technologies Lab at Stanford University.
There are three pieces to playing with Project Bloks: a Brain Board that houses the main processing unit, modular Base Boards and Pucks, which are used to send coded instructions. As well as being able to learn some of the basics of coding, kids will benefit from a quality playtime activity that encourages learning through the sensation of physical touch, versus a screen and a keyboard.
Around the world, billions of dollars are being pledged towards educational computer science initiatives. Outside of the classroom, programming games and toys like these are appearing to help parents invest even more in their children's future.