When it comes to learning programming, so far we’ve seen camps set up that will teach kids how to program, not to mention that there are various books, classes, and online resources where one can pick up the necessary skills, but what about learning how to program through a board game? That’s the concept behind the board game called Robot Turtles. It was designed by the CEO of Google Comparison, Dan Shapiro, and the board game will introduce programming concepts to the player while playing like a regular board game where players have to move the turtle pieces on the board.
The concepts that the board game hopes to impart to kids includes concepts such as Debugging, Limited Syntax, Order of Operations, Planning a Program, and Functions and Optimizations. These concepts will apply to programming regardless of the language of platform they choose in the future. According to Shapiro, “I made Robot Turtles so that my kids could learn programming basics without needing a computer. In fact, they don’t even need to be able to read!”
At the moment Robot Turtles is a Kickstarter project, but fret not because the project has exceeded its Kickstarter goal by a little over 100%, meaning that once the project comes to a close, it will go into production and begin shipping out to its backers. If you’d like to learn more about the project or donate to it, hit up its Kickstarter page for the details.