I received our Bitsbox for free to review. Opinions in this post are completely my own.
When he finished copying the code, he had programmed an app that used a lazer to draw!
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The card also included a few challenges. The challenges required him to manipulate the code to complete the task. First my son had to figure out how to make the cats and dogs bigger. He searched through the code for a command he thought determined the size of the animals. Then he changed the existing number to a larger number. Viola! It started raining huge cats and dogs! He also played around with different numbers to see how big the cats and dogs could get. Eventually, he settled on a size he liked the most.
The next challenge was to figure out how to add make it rain hamsters, in addition to cats and dogs. This time, my son searched the code for a place that specified cats and dogs, then added hamsters. He ran the code, and the app started raining all 3 animals!
The third challenge taught him to change the rate at which the animals fell down the screen. First he changed the code so the cats, dogs, and gerbils fell slowly down the screen.
Then he changed the code so the animals would drop from the sky at lightning speed!
My favorite part about the apps he programmed were the challenges. Each one made my son dive deeper into understanding what he was coding. I loved watching him explore the code while trying to complete each challenge. Even more exciting was watching the light bulb moments! When he finally realized what the code was doing, and came up with challenges of his own!
And on a side note, I also love the cost of Bitsbox! One of my son’s closest friends attends a coding club once a week. A few months ago, his mom invited my son to join. But when I saw the monthly price tag, my eyes nearly popped out of my head! Bitsbox, on the other hand is much more affordable, with a 6 month subscription equal to the cost of one month at a coding club! If you’re interested in trying Bitbox, buy subscription for more than $50, and get $20 off when you use my coupon Christy20!
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