Teacher Review for Cargo-Bot

Excellent Ressource and Practice to introduce Coding to Early Coders

Philippe C.
Technology coordinator
French American International School
San Francisco, United States
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My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Great with Advanced learners
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.
My Take
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.