Saturday, July 30, 2016

Winter Reading 2016 Secret Coders: Paths and Portals


Hopper, Eni, and Josh are still working with the turtle robot they call "Little Guy." It actually seems that being put on trash duty as punishment at school has been a good thing. While Mr. Bee has robots blowing leaves and cleaning up the campus, he spends their punishment time actually teaching the kids coding skills. They have learned how to use verbal commands, enter commands with a keyboard and combine simple programs to make the robot do something new. Not everything is going so well, though. Hopper still isn't getting along with her mother. And there is trouble with her basketball career as well. Eni's sisters are still tormenting the friends whenever they can. And for some reason, the entire rugby team now has it in for the coders.

For kids who are interested in computers, robotics, and solving puzzles - this series is wonderful. It explains how each program works, then asks readers to think through what program is needed to solve the next problem. In this second book of the series, Mr. Bee even explains to the kids that the programming language the turtles respond to is Logo (if  anyone is curious about the history of programming languages).

To try out your own coding skills, you may want to visit www.secret-coders.com.

I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

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