Google Creates a Platform for Tangible Programming

Project Bloks is a research project from Google. It aims to create an open hardware platform to help developers, designers, and researchers build the next generation of tangible programming experiences for kids. One of the benefits of tangible programming is that it makes code physical, so kids can play with it.

Project Bloks allows kids to develop computational thinking (a set of foundational problem-solving skills) from a young age through coding experiences that are playful, tactile, and collaborative.

A modular system for tangible programming made up of electronic boards and programmable pucks enables you to send instructions to devices when connected together. The boards can be covered with any material or form you like and arranged in different ways, to create very different experiences.

The project is inspired by previous academic work in the field and is still in active research. You can read the Research section for more in-depth information.

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