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Thames & Kosmos Code Gamer Coding Workshop and Game (iOS and Android Compatible)
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- Learn to code by playing a video game
- Gaming: Use the sensors to control the game with this innovative gamepad
- Coding: Solve puzzles and challenges in the game and learn Arduino
- Making: Write your own programs and develop new application for the sensors
- Requires a tablet or smartphone running iOS or Android
- Winner of the 2017 Tech Toy of the Year Award
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About Thames & Kosmos
Thames & Kosmos was founded in 2001 with the mission of improving informal science education outside of the classroom by publishing high-quality science kits for children of all ages. T&K's mission has since expanded from its STEM roots to encompass other educational branches as well, including arts and crafts and the panoply of thinking and social skills that can be taught through games and magic.
T&K places an emphasis on teaching concepts and skills through tactile processes. Our vision is to give all children access to real, physical activities and projects that teach them how things work.
Arduino Coding Game and Workshop
This kit introduces you to programming in a fun, step-by-step way.
An Arduino-compatible gamepad connects wirelessly to your tablet (sold separately). Using the gamepad and four interchangeable sensor modules, you play through a video game app on your tablet. In each level of the game, you have to learn a piece of the Arduino programming language and how to use it in order to solve puzzles and challenges and move forward in the game. In this way, you progressively learn the basics of coding.
Soon you will be able to write programs on your computer using the four sensors and invent new applications. Following the instructions in the 64-page, full-color experiment manual, you can create cool projects such as a light-sensitive drawer alarm and an LED disco light that reacts to the movements of your fingers.
- Ages 10 and up
- 64-page, full-color manual
- 47 pieces
- 34 experiments
- For use with iOS and Android devices
What is Arduino?
Arduino is an open-source electronics platform upon which the KosmoDuino--the microcontroller included in this kit--was based. For a long time, microcontroller programming was only for specialists. In 2005, the founders of the Arduino project took it upon themselves to make the programming and use of simple microcontrollers as easy as possible. That way, art students and hobbyists who had never before had any experience with programming would be able to use microcontrollers in their work.
What's In the Box?
- KosmoDuino microcontroller, fully Arduino-compatible
- Interaction board with lithium-ion battery
- Gamepad housing
- Control wheel for the gamepad
- 2 buttons for the gamepad
- Light sensor
- Sound sensor
- Temperature sensor
- Motion sensor
- Housing for the 4 sensors
- Jumper wires
- LEDs (yellow, green, blue, and red)
- USB to Micro-USB cable
- 64-page experiment manual
- Quickstart Guide
A microcontroller is a small ('micro') computer. It is also fundamentally different from a computer that you normally use: It has no keyboard, no mouse, and no screen. Instead, it has lots of little feet, known as pins. A pin is something like a connection between the microcontroller and the outside world. The KosmoDuino is the microcontroller used in this kit and it's completely Arduino-compatible, meaning that you can program it using the language of this open-source electronic platform.
To ease your entry into the world of programming, CodeGamer comes with an app to help you start building experience in this area. The core of the app is the video game in which you have to solve little programming puzzles to advance from level to level. As you collect lines of code (called code monsters) to solve the puzzles, you are learning the basics of coding! Within the app are detailed explanations of what each code monster represents, how to use the four sensorbots, and how the gamepad controller works. There’s also a Level Editor option: you can set your own levels and unlock them for other CodeGamer players to experience.
The manual takes you through 19 different programming projects and experiments. First, you install the Arduino software onto your laptop or PC. Next, you write programs in the Arduino software and connect your KosmoDuino to your computer to upload the programs to it. The projects in the manual guide you to make a light-sensitive drawer alarm, an LED disco light that reacts to the movements of your fingers, and much more!
Connect the physical and digital worlds! Use the gamepad to play through 15 fun game levels on your tablet. Plug one of the four sensorbots into the gamepad to activate its special powers and clear obstacles you’ll encounter throughout the game. As you play, you’ll collect code monsters that you’ll need at the computer terminals that appear throughout each level: The computer terminals contain incomplete code, so you’ll need to drag the code monsters into the correct spots in the program to move forward.
Level by level, learn the basics of the Arduino programming language! As you collect the code monsters in the game, you’ll learn about what these lines of code mean and how to use them to create a program. Once you’ve successfully created a program within the video game, the app will suggest different projects you can do outside of the game using the code you just discovered!
Become a programmer and apply your knowledge to cool projects! In today’s world, coding is becoming a useful, if not necessary, skill to master. Using the KosmoDuino microprocessor and the basics of coding you’ve learned by playing the video game and experimenting with the projects in the manual, you can enter the digital maker’s world and unleash your creativity. Program the light sensor to count how many times someone opens your drawer, or turn your KosmoDuino into a musical instrument! Since the microcontroller works off of an open-source electronic platform, you can apply what you learn to a multitude of other projects, beyond the video game or kit itself.
This kit introduces you to programming in a fun, step-by-step way. An Arduino-compatible gamepad connects wirelessly to your tablet. Using the gamepad and four interchangeable sensor modules, you play through a video game app on your tablet. In each level of the game, you have to learn a piece of the Arduino programming language and how to use it in order to solve puzzles and challenges and move forward in the game. In this way, you progressively learn the basics of coding. Soon you will be able to write programs on your computer using the four sensors and invent new applications. Following instructions in the 64-page, full-color experiment manual, you can create cool projects. Learn to code by playing a video game Gaming: Use sensors to control the game with this innovative gamepad Coding: Solve puzzles and challenges in the game to learn the Arduino programming language Making: Write your own programs and develop new applications for the sensors Includes Arduino-compatible microcontroller (with Bluetooth), cable, rotary control wheel, circuit board, gamepad housing, two push buttons, motion sensor, temperature sensor, sound sensor, light sensor, parts for projects, Code Gamer App. Requires a tablet or smartphone running iOS or Android. GAMING Connect the physical and digital worlds! Use the gamepad to play through 15 fun game levels on your tablet. Plug one of the four sensorbots into the gamepad to activate its special powers. Level Editor: Design and create your own game levels, share them, and access other players' levels. CODING Level by level, learn the basics of the Arduino programming language! Discover which program commands make the LEDs on your gamepad blink and the sound module activate. Learn how your gamepad works and how you can configure it yourself. Use the light sensor to count how many times a drawer is opened or program an alarm system that sends you messages. Enter the digital maker's world and unleash your creativity.
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