GREAT RESOURCE FOR HOUR OF CODE! Cargo-Bot is the free iPad app that teaches young kids the fundamentals of coding! It is also the first app to be entirely created on an iPad using the app Codea.
It is a highly engaging app that promotes deep level thinking to complete tasks, and strive for efficiency! The more efficient their program is the more stars they get.
When you start playing with Cargo-Bot, you quickly learn to use your finger to drag and drop commands, also known as registers, into the open slots. The crane then carries out the commands you have selected. The higher levels force the students to carry out multi-step processes in order to move different colored cargo boxes to the correct position. Each time you complete a task, you are rewarded with 1-3 stars based on how efficient you completed the goal.
Cargo-Bot works with all students; special education students all the way to gifted and talented students and everyone in between! It is also not gender specific. I have just as many girls who enjoy playing with the app as I do boys (not to mention the emails from parents who admit they are kind of addicted to it as well).
Aside from teaching kids the fundamentals of coding, it does much, much more! It teaches; collaboration, problem solving, analytical thinking, promotes team-work, and encourages discussion.