Bitsbox teaches kids as young as six to code their own apps with a box of inspiration that comes in the mail every month. Bitsbox kids use real code to make anything from ninja driving games to magical unicorn simulators, and their apps work on any smart phone or tablet. Bitsbox believes that not all screen time is created equal and that the best apps for kids are the ones they make themselves. In today’s world, it’s never too early for kids to learn coding. Coding is a language (best taught like a 2nd language) and repetition is key in learning a new language which is why the monthly subscription is a great option!
When your kids create a coding account, they get a virtual tablet for your son or daughter (or niece or nephew or student or neighbor). Kids learn by copying code into a little text editor next to their tablet, which in turn runs their new apps.
Once they’re written, Bitsbox apps run on most any mobile device. They can be shared via an email, text message, QR code, or a web link. Changes to the program go to your device in real time. You can even play multiplayer games across screens.
What programming language are they learning?
Can my kid get this in school?
They’ve sent free coding kits to 7,000 classrooms and send to teachers upon request. Bitsbox also works with the Temple Grandin School in Boulder – piloted a classroom program last year.
What ages is this good for?
The company recommends ages 6 through 12 – but honestly my 13 and 15 year old boy and girl really enjoyed it! They both found it fun and educational.
I love the idea, how much does it cost?
Pricing for monthly boxes ranges from $20/40/month – individuals and schools. Schools receive 50% off.
Bonus fun in each box:
As a bonus in each box, the kids will receive a toy as well – each box has a theme and the toy plays on that theme. For example, in the travel themed box, Bon Voyage, kids received a paint-your-own postcard kit. The toy is always something interactive. The intent behind the toy (and stickers, and tattoos) is to provide extra excitement for the “present in the mail” concept.
How to win:
Just leave a comment below and let us know what age your little programmer is and why you think they’d love to receive the free Bitsbox!
Winner will be selected in a random drawing. Entries accepted until Wednesday, August 20th at noon MDT. Winner will be notified via the email address you share and have 48 hours to reply or we select a new winner.
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