Screen Free Coding
Teaching Coding to Young Learners
How To Get Started
There are a number of resources and tools available to teach coding, but one of our favorites for young learners (even those as young as Pre-K) is Matatalab Coding. Matatalab utilizes screen-free, tangible coding to make it both accessible and age-appropriate. Tangible coding, as opposed to the "drag and drop" on your screen coding style, utilizes physical coding pieces that students can pick up and use to build code themselves. Students create their code and watch the Matatabot bring it to life.
Matatabot in action!
Matatalab Coding Pro Set
The Complete Matatlab Coding Set (including Music and Art add-on!)
Matatalab Musician Add On Set
Compose and create your own music
Matatalab Artist Add On Set
Draw graphics, pictures, and code mathematical theories
We've included an example of the activity here. We want Matatabot to join his friends in the park - did we code it right? If you complete the activity, make sure to tag us (@techterraed on Twitter or @techterraeducation on Instagram) so we can see your adventures in coding!
Still looking for more?
In the meantime, check out our Online STEM Academy. We offer live online classes each week with real educators, teaching lessons in coding, digital storytelling, 3D engineering & design, and augmented reality exploration. Our 12 week program is grade specific (ranging from Pre-K all the way to eighth grade) and includes extra, self-paced activities and worksheets for your students to complete. No extra tools needed, just your student and a computer or tablet!
Don't worry if you get stuck, we're here to help. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be back in touch right away to answer your questions and offer assistance.