GoldieBlox wants to teach kids coding… with cupcakes

Cupcakes and computer programming: together at last! That’s the theme of a new app called GoldieBlox: Adventures in Coding – The Rocket Cupcake Co.

It’s been developed by GoldieBlox, the American company that makes toys, games and videos designed to encourage more girls to explore STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths” learning.

GoldieBlox Adventures in Coding

In this app, that translates into a game that aims to get children thinking about coding and programmatic thinking, using the company’s main Goldie character and some of her friends.

“Uh oh. Goldie and her friends can’t remember whose birthday it is… so! the obvious solution is to deliver cupcakes to EVERYONE in Bloxtown! With cupcakes from the CUPCAKE-O-MATIC and Goldie’s new invention, the Super Speedy Rocket Skateboard, delivering cupcakes will be a breeze. But they need super-coding pal Ruby Rails and YOU to put this plan into action,” explains its App Store listing.

How? Children playing the game will use drag-and-drop commands to guide a rocket skateboard around a shop and kitchen to prepare their cupcakes, then deliver them to the Bloxtown inhabitants.

There are more than 20 levels in the main Adventure mode, which starts simple and gradually increases the complexity. There’s also a Sandbox mode with an endless series of puzzles, and the chance for children to “code” their own maps.

Here’s our video hands-on:

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Like other learn-to-code apps like Hopscotch and Tynker, this could suit a wide age range of children. Rather than focus on a specific age, it’s more for kids who are exploring programming for the first time, whether that’s aged five or older.

GoldieBlox: Adventures in Coding – The Rocket Cupcake Co costs £2.29 for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store.

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