Welcome to //CODE Programming Game Series News & Press Resources!
The //CODE series is designed to teach children coding concepts in an offline setting.
ThinkFun’s new //CODE board game series is available exclusively at Target stores nationwide. The coding board games, ‘On the Brink,’ ‘Rover Control,’ and ‘Robot Repair’ are designed to teach programming concepts to young learners. This series is preceded by ThinkFun’s award-winning coding games Robot Turtles and Code Master.
With the popularity of coding education, more parents are seeking at home solutions to help their children achieve programming literacy. ThinkFun believes that board games can provide a fun and educational way to teach key programming concepts, both preparing students for a computer science education and helping them develop critical thinking and logical reasoning skills that can be applied to other subjects.
The //CODE series addresses key concepts including loops, conditionals, and Boolean Logic in an unplugged setting, making them an excellent resource in the classroom and at home. These games are a key part of ThinkFun’s mission to provide affordable offline coding games that empower parents to take their children’s 21st century education into their own hands.
What’s Wrong With Coding Education and How Games Can Fix It (PDF)
Code Series Microsite (opens in new window)
ThinkFun’s //CODE series:
On The Brink, Ages 8 and up, single player, MSRP: $14.99
Can you keep your robot on the brink? In this hands-on game you get to play programmer building “procedures” that guide your robot along a path from start to finish. There are 40 challenges picturing colored paths. The colors signify moves for your robot to follow. Your job? Finding the correct sequence of moves for each color. To do so you’ll need to flex your problem solving muscles. Beginner challenges introduce sequencing in its simplest form but by the time you reach advanced you’ll be building sequences out of sequences—now that’s thinking like a true programmer!
Rover Control, Ages 8 and up, single player, MSRP: $14.99Prepared for a programming space mission? In this 40-challenge game two Rovers have been sent to explore Mars. The trouble is, the Rovers are programmed to travel on color and most of the pathways were left colorless in a dust storm. You’ll need to call on your critical thinking skills to correctly color the pathways so the Rovers stay on course.
Challenges introduce “decision points,” “loops,” and “increment instructions” as you progress–all advanced computational skills that are delicately embedded into a fun play experience and will have you thinking like a true programmer.
Robot Repair, Ages 8 and up, single player, MSRP: $14.99
Robot Repair is a hands-on coding game that teaches advanced concepts like “Boolean Logic”— a form of algebra that reduces all values to ‘true’ or ‘false.’ We believe that teaching this concept through play is a revolutionary development in helping to prepare children for STEM learning, and it makes for some really fun gameplay!
Press Announcement: http://www.thinkfun.com/press/thinkfun-debuts-target-exclusive-line-unplugged-coding-games/
Media Center: www.ThinkFun.com/media-center
Image Library: http://www.thinkfun.com/image-library/
About ThinkFun Inc.
For over 30 years, ThinkFun Inc. has been dedicated to creating games that spark curiosity, cultivate confidence, and nurture life-long learners. Its games encourage interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM), while generating excitement for a world of learning through play. Innovation, creativity, value, and fun are the four elements that comprise the development of every game. Ignite the mind, and change the world for each player.