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Bloxels Video Game Builder Kit

Lower Age: 8+
Website: http://bloxels.myshopify.com/products/
Price: $49.95
Year Added: 2016

Bloxels Video Game Builder Kit is a thought-provoking and creative game that teaches kids the basic principles of coding and artistic design needed to create a video game. Players are given a peg board and 320 colorful blocks that act as pixels to design the game. Once players have assembled their layouts, backgrounds, characters, animations, etc., the design is captured instantly within the game’s app. Next, players bring their game to life inside the app as they assemble the different components they have created. This game is an interactive experience that teaches game-programming at an intuitive level, as players create their game step-by-step from minimal to advanced complexity. Players also have access to previously generated games, or they can use existing designs for their own game. Overall, the kits promotes the development of design skills and creativity as kids plan and implement their unique video game designs.

 

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: Define a problem, learn about the problem, ask questions, plan the solutions, create the prototype or process, test the solution, analyze the solution, redesign the solution, make improvements to the solution, communicate the solution, optimize the solution, recognize patterns, apply mathematics, work in a team

 

Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: A problem, constraints

 

Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift: Spatial reasoning, creative thinking, working as a team, design

 

 

Overall ratings:

  • Children Reviews
    • Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • “Very customizable and easy to personalize.”
  • Parents Reviews
    • Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0
    • Feedback: NA
  • Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews
    • Rating: 3.5 out of 5.0
    • Feedback:
      • “I like the physical “pixel” pieces and how you capture images you create for coding your own game.”