Teacher Review For Lightbot - Programming Puzzles

Effective, engaging introduction to coding

Cathy C.
Technology coordinator
Cedar Hill Elementary School
Basking Ridge, NJ
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I used light-bot as an activity for K-2 students during the Hour of Code. It was especially exciting to watch the girls complete the puzzles ahead of the boys. Some kids had difficulty figuring out that they were trying to turn from the light-bot's perspective, and not their own. Many students asked if we would revisit the activity another time.
My Take
Light-bot is an excellent introduction to computer programming for elementary aged students (K-5). It provides a strong foundation of coding basics, procedures, loops, conditionals, and overloading. The app is challenging to learners of all levels, gender, and of all ages (my fifth grader and I try to complete a level every night).