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CodeFWD Is Facebook's Latest Effort Toward Getting Kids Hooked On Coding

Students and teachers can apply to receive a free robot in the mail from Facebook and Sphero (the creator of the Star Wars BB-8 toy). The bolt robot is part of Facebook’s CodeFWD program, its latest attempt at getting kids passionate about coding. The spherical robots can be told to roll in certain directions, light up and more with the use of block-based JavaScript that the kids learn how to execute. By having this kind of fun technology in schools across the nation, Facebook hopes that underrepresented groups in technology will gain access and build interest in the industry at a younger age. Right now the program is available for fourth through eighth-grade classes being led by credentialed teachers as well as registered non-profits with internet and computer access. More details of the program can be found on Facebook’s newly launched Facebook For Education website, which serves to bridge computer science programs with educational programs that encourage them. Although these...

Sep 26, 2018