How I Use It
Used in an after school Early Coders Club, Cargo Bot engages students immediately because it is simple and challenging.
Cargo Bot offers 2 extra interesting features, a "Hints" button and a "Record this solution" capability.
The "Hints" button would encourage students easily frustrated and really help on assessing the accuracy for a solution to the challenge.
Also, since there are often several solutions to a challenge, comparing several solutions expands critical thinking. I use both features as part of the weekly homework and the first thing students want to share is their video recording for the assignment. Each time, I would use this sharing time as a set up to introduce a new topic. So, not only is has improved critical thinking but also it promotes respect among each others.
As part of the Computer Science Education Week, I used Cargo Bot as the 2nd App in order to introduce Coding to young students. Prior to Cargo Bot, I recommend to present Light Bot.
Both Apps presents similar challenges and are perfect to promote students to engage at their own pace. Cargo Bot proposes a simple concept: program a robotic crane to rearrange crates so they match the layout at the top of the screen.