Effective, engaging introduction to coding
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).
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.