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Osmo Coding

Lower Age: 5
Upper Age: 12
Website: https://www.playosmo.com/en/coding/
Price: $49.00
Year Added: 2016
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Osmo Coding is an interactive iPad accessory, paired with a free app that uses the iPad’s camera to create a playing surface in front of the iPad. The game’s coding tiles (when placed in front of the device) instruct Awbie, a playful character who loves strawberries, where to move inside the application-game. The main objective for players is to successfully lead Awbie to the strawberries across different landscapes using the modular, directional code controls. The code controls give Awbie a full set of instructions as to how he will move by placing the buttons (up, down, left, right, jump, loop, etc.) in logical order before hitting the go button. This basic introduction to coding fosters computational thinking for young ages as children will develop simple codes in the form of movement instructions, while simultaneously bridging the gap between digital and physical understanding. In this game, children are given a fun platform to learn the basics of programming and foster their understanding of algorithm design.

 
 

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: Define a problem; learn about the problem; make observations; generate ideas; plan the solution; try the solution; create the prototype or process; test the solution; redesign the solution; analyze the solution; recognize patterns; apply mathematics; apply science


Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: A problem; a client; constraints; criteria


Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift: Spatial reasoning, coding, computational thinking, programming, critical thinking, creative thinking, evidence-based reasoning, problem solving, logical thinking

 

Overall ratings:

  • Children Reviews:

    • Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0

    • Feedback:

      • “It’s tough and challenging.”
      • “It’s really fun.”
      • “You easily code the little guy to do what you want him to.”
  • Parents Reviews:

    • Rating: 4.7 out of 5.0

    • Feedback:

      • “Very engaging; problems to solve were challenging without being too challenging.”
      • “I like the use of tangible objects to play in the iPad.”
      • “Promotes different ways of thinking and interacting with the iPad.”
      • “I’d like to try it myself but haven’t gotten it away from the kids!”
  • Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews:

    • Rating: 4.4 out of 5.0

    • Feedback:

      • “This game is really good in introducing coding and algorithm to kids.”
      • “It makes you solve a problem which is the critical step in any kind of engineering.”