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Tech in the Classroom: Robot Turtles

What is it?  Robot Turtles is a board game designed to teach kids ages 3-8 about computer programming. It began as a project on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter, where its founders raised over $600,000 when they were only attempting raise $25,000. The original version is sold out, but ThinkFun, a top board game company, will be releasing a new version. Pre-orders are being taken now at thinkfun.com/robotturtles.

How does it work?  The game works like any other board game. It has a board, playing cards and game pieces. The programming concepts are integrated in a subtle way, such that kids may not even realize how much they're learning.

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How hard is it to use?  The game is easy to explain to young kids. The game pieces and cards are also bright and easy to handle.

How well does it work?  Your students won’t be writing code or building Web sites after playing a few games of Robot Turtles, but they will understand some of the basic concepts involved.

How do I use it in the classroom?  Robot Turtles would be an easy way for kids in kindergarten, first or second grade to dip a toe into the waters of computer programming.  

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Tech in the Classroom is a recurring feature that examines widely available technology, software and gadgets and how they might be used in a school setting. 

Article by Daniel B. Kline, EducationWorld Contributing Editor
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