colorCODE is an educational toy that demystifies computer code and makes learning to code a fun and easy process. We teach by taking the code off of the screen and concretizing coding languages as physical building blocks.
Welcome to the colorCODE Toolset, a compelling series of teaching toys designed to provide kids with a deep conceptual foundation in computing as well as the vocabulary to begin to realize their own visions. Designed to be friendly to visual and kinesthetic learners, the physical pieces use color as a key signifier in order to demystify often intimidating abstract concepts.
While linguists, chemists and biologists have used direct physical modeling since the 1800’s, this is the first known application of such a system to children's coding education. Representational learning can be more engaging than a textbook approach, but it is necessary for the color and shape analogies to go beyond teaching procedural rhetoric and be directly translatable into actions. This is the foundation of colorCODE, building a sense of agency for those uninvited to the online community. It is the reason our Toolset was built to tackle HTML, allowing children to walk away from even a brief encounter with solid proof of their own capabilities.
We are here to champion kid-centric learning for the advancement of humanity and the further diversification of society. The colorCODE Toolset literally puts code into the hands of kids everywhere without them ever having to touch a computer, opening doors for youngsters and leaping the digital divide.
Anatomy of colorCODE
What the kids say:
— Brian, 12
— Tara, 11
— Josh, 8
— Merril, 10
— Britley, 13
What the parents say:
— Sarah J., parent
— Pete, parent
— Allyson, parent
— Jan S, parent
Our first colorCODE group workshop was overwhelmingly well received. We are proud to share the results of our participants at the end of fewer than 8 hours with the colorCODE. They also chose a simple style sheet to add some color and formatting to their pages.
The following sites were coded in HTML completely from scratch by 24 incredible kids between the ages of 7 & 13 :
Zack - Stellar Studios
Sam - Sam's Golf Club
Peter - L+P Toys and Games
Max & Paulo - Tour to Open
Matthew - Elves orcs and more
Leta - L+P Toys and Games
Julian - HARRY POTTER CHARACTERS and PLACES
Jordan & Owen - Fiend Slayers
Jessica - Guinea Pig Blog
Jessiah - Quotes and Pictures
Jacob - 01001010 01100001 01100011 01101111 01100010
Grace - KEEP YOUR MIND WIDE OPEN!
Erin - Austin Angelfish
Christopher - My Idea Ministries
Bridger - Eagleskin sheaths and tools
Axel - About Beardies
Apollo & Emerson - ActionLEGOS.com
Aaliyah, Annie, Rone, & Zia - The Puppy Papers 2
Aaliyah, Annie, Rone, & Zia - The Puppy Papers 1