With technology implemented so strongly in our world it’s no wonder there seems to be an app for pretty much everything, especially apps tailored for interactive learning. The new Junior Coder app, that is now available in the App Store for free, is changing the way children understand learning. This app allows for children to develop the skills of a programmer. Having a child be wrapped up in a game that he or she doesn’t even know they are learning real computer science skills is now possible through Junior Coder.
This new app has simple, bright, and entertaining visual effects. The users go through a series of puzzles and games to see if they can beat their personal record. The puzzles range from mazes to obstacle courses. The variety in challenges and mazes allows for a large number of topics to be covered such as algorithmic thinking and sequencing skills.
Junior Coder‘s best quality is the hands on learning aspect. The way that children will see this app is as a game, not a learning tool. What this will do is keep engagement and entertainment. Once one level is beat and the child earns a badge or medal, they can advance onto the next. The strive for the child to earn that badge and desire the next one keeps them interested in continuing to play. The urge kids will have to gain that next badge and the copious amount of information learned along the way go hand in hand. This is the type of game that parents wouldn’t mind their kid’s eyes being glued to for hours.
One of most unique designs about this new gaming app is that once the young coders pass a series of levels, they are able to create their own puzzles and pass them onto others. This encourages them to put their skills to the test, but more importantly have fun in challenging friends to see if they can complete their personalized puzzles.
The Junior Coder app is made for ages 7+ but is fun and challenging for anyone that wants to participate. Download for free in the App Store and let me know what you think.