Project Blok is Google’s new idea for kids to learn to program, and it doesn’t involve typing even once.
A current of thought ensures that we should teach our sons and daughters to program as soon as possible, so that they can more easily face the new job challenges they will face when they grow up.
There is no reason to say that learning computer science as soon as possible is beneficial, but there are still many voices that are not clear that it is beneficial for children to know how to program. However, keep in mind that learning to program is not so much related to creating programs, as adopting a logical and rational way of thinking.
This is Project Bloks
Perhaps that is the objective of Project Bloks, a series of blocks that we can join as we want to create orders that the system will execute next.
The main system, called Brain Board, is based on a Raspberry Pi Zero, and is the one that controls and contributes energy to the rest of the blocks, in addition to having Bluetooth and WiFi connections. This is the executing brain, so to speak.
The Base Boards are the pieces that will connect the entire system, and that will allow us to define how the orders that we send to it flow.
And finally, the Puck are the pieces with the orders in question, which we can connect as we want to create the order.
The orders are very varied, and go beyond moving the device like other devices like the Code-a-Pillar that was introduced earlier this year. We can turn things on and off, play music, move characters
For example, if we connect the Brain Board with a robot, we can send it orders to move or draw a picture; We can record instructions from several Pucks in one and thus increase the possibilities.
And the best thing of all is that the Pucks do not contain active electronic components, but they work passively, placing them in the place that we want. They can be created from cheap materials, and it may even be worth printing a paper with conductive ink.
Project Blok does not have a release date yet, but it is possible to register on its official page if we are interested in participating in the project.