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Subtle Programming Board Games

Robot Turtles Teaches Young Kids to Think Like Coders

— September 30, 2013 — Life-Stages
Robot Turtles is a new board game that is meant to get children into programming at a young age. It was created by Dan Shapiro, a programmer from Seattle, Washington. The game doesn't teach kids a certain programming language per se, but it does teach them to think like a computer programmer would think. The game does this by breaking down coding into its simplest forms.

The game is meant to be played by kids ages three to eight and one adult. It's the kids (the programmers) job to draw the cards and make the decisions while the adult (the computer) executes their commands. By using turtles, lasers and mazes, Robot Turtles subtly teaches kids how to plan ahead, follow an order of operations and even de bug. Kids can shout "bug" to de bug a wrong move on the board. Shapiro took Robot Turtles to Kickstarter, seeking $25,000 in funding and ended up with over $500,000 in support, making the game the most-funded tabletop game in Kickstarter history.
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