I learned of the Amazon Future Engineer’s program after watching Brian talk about some of the things I can do with the kids. In the last couple of weeks, we have been in the ‘shutdown’ mode. They have their school work, however, but being at home has its advantages – we can focus on other skills to develop such as logic and coding. I asked the kids if I was a robot, how could they make commands to move me around the room. What needs to happen first? Then I got our laptops set up on the dining room table and setup the accounts on https://gocoderz.com/amazon-future-engineer/. CoderZ by Amazon Future Engineer gives you FREE ACCESS during this time when affected by the current crisis.
Once you are in, CoderZ gives you access to a whole bunch of activities to move your virtual robot through obstacles by coding blocks. What an experience.
Now, what if you’re child or kid has never touched a keyboard or mouse before. Well, I had to test it out on our 5 yr old. It took a few tries, but with some patience, our little guy was able to get through the first 4 activities on his own. Depending on your patience level [:)], your kid is probably going to get through it too. You may have to read out the instructions at first, but then the kids start learning to read and doing math at the same time. Walkthrough it with them. I have kids that are 9 and they are learning so much about logic and how to make decisions!
So we’ve been doing this for the past few days, and our children want to get back in and program their virtual robot every day. I would recommend that you give this a try. What an awesome thing for Amazon to do; to provide a free (temporary) tool for your children (and you) to learn the basics of coding and programming.
In the meantime, if you’re interested in more educational toys in programming, I would suggest a few of the following. As an Amazon Associate, I may make money from the links provided:
LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3: I think this what Amazon has based their CoderZ robot on. I noticed this at CES 2020 as well.
Vector Robot by Anki: A Home Robot Who Hangs Out & Helps Out, With Amazon Alexa Built-In.
Then, of course, there are tons of other kits, books, and subscriptions to get your kids educated in STEM. For Example: Bitsbox – Coding Subscription Box for Kids Ages 6-12 | STEM Education or the OSMO – Genius Starter Kit
Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoy introducing some coding for you and the kids. You’re never too young to learn. Remember, Don’t Hate. Automate.