How to turn your grown-up into a robot? That’s something that is sure to pique the interest of young children and make them laugh. How To Turn Your Grownup Into a Robot is also the name of the first book by CodeSpeak Books.
CodeSpeak Books, which creates books for children 2-6+ years of age, recently launched a kickstarter campaign, https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jenchiou/459341134?token=c9b8ac6c. Their books aim to teach kids at just the right age when they learn new things at a remarkable rate.
The Boys and Girls Club is partnering with CodeSpeak to offer a free intro to coding workshop, along with free copies of the first CodeSpeak Books, as soon as the “stretch goal” is reached.
Computational thinking, the foundation of coding, can be developed at a very young age, but there are few resources to help parents or teachers.
Jen Chiou, Founder of CodeSpeak Labs, established computer programming classes for students from PreK-12 in classrooms in NYC and CA. Prior to founding CodeSpeak Labs, Ms. Chiou worked in tech – where she was shocked at how difficult it was to recruit a diverse tech team.
Jen explained, “I’m the mom of two, Maxwell, 3 and Alexander, 1 and a half. I’ve found stories to be one of the most powerful ways to engage my kids in big ideas– from potty training to being kind to others. So I hit upon the idea to experiment with different coding stories with my 3 year old. He’s hooked and loves the stories and the accompanied learning.”
CodeSpeak Books ultimately aims to teach children – in fun and age-appropriate ways – stories that are geared toward teaching kids ages 2-6 years old the foundations of computer coding and computational thinking without needing a device.
The biggest challenge for parents who don’t know how to code themselves is figuring out how to help their children learn. That’s the beauty of CodeSpeak Books. It also serves as an educational tool for parents, so they can learn together with their toddlers as the stories increase in complexity along the CodeSpeak Books’ Step Into Coding system.
As outlined by CodeSpeak Labs, there are three types of coding stories:
- Build the foundation: Learn the major concepts through stories: Sequences, Logic, and Events.
- Learn functionality: Computational thinking with visual block code. Repeat loops, Conditionals, and Functions.
Like when children first learn the letters of the alphabet, they learn the bigger concepts of code so they get used to how code looks visually. This way, when they are older, they see code as an old friend – and not the intimidating gobbledygook that adults see when looking at code for the first time.
One element of CodeSpeak Stories that make it special is the use of actual code used on the leading online coding platforms – making it an easy transition for parents who eventually want to help their students plug the code into a computer.
You can learn more about CodeSpeak Stories on their Kickstarter Campaign.