Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Pitsco Education - Code Cube Single Kit Review

Disclaimer: I received a FREE copy of this product through the HOMESCHOOL REVIEW CREW in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way.

We recently had the opportunity to review the Code Cube Single Kit from Pitsco Education.  What a fun way for kids to learn basic coding and take their projects around with them.

The Code Cube Single Kit is a wearable tech tool that students can build creations on and wear just like they would a watch or bracelet.  The kit includes a programmable LED screen with its built-in accelerometer and sound output features.  You also receive access to a 10 page teachers guide, USB cord to plug into a computer for charging and connecting to your Code Cub, a wearable band, and access to several different resources to use for programming the product, including videos for students/parents to view.  

It is super easy to get started using the Code Cube Single Kit.  It's very small enough in size to make the students want to wear it around and not be overwhelming on students that may have small arms.  For kids with sensory issues, this is a big deal.  When we received the kit, I simply plugged it into my computer.  There is not a software package that is needed to be downloaded.  Which is great because that is the last thing I need on my laptop is more software bogging it down. 

I simply plugged it in and my computer asked me if I wanted to open the Pitsco Web interface.  I was able to click on that.  And simple programming began.

I call this drag and drop coding, similar to Scratch, since students can simply drag over what they want to do or program they want to create.  Unfortunately my girls do not like drag and drop coding.  Lydia has studied it for a few years now, and gets very frustrated with it (she does not like computer programming though).  Most students excel at it though.  They can create simple scrolling programs for their watch and even sounds.  Yes sounds!  The Code Cube does allow students to add sounds to their projects.

Students can also create their own picture on the screen with pixel art. 

Students can display their pixel creation on the screen of their wearable device.

The Code Cube Single Kit is a great starting point for students who are learning beginning programming.  It is very easy to use.  And they can save the programming that they have created on their computers, even if there is not a program downloaded.  This is great benefit for students that are easily distractible and need to come back to a project, or like Lydia who was getting frustrated when she could not get a project coding just right or to run the way that she wanted.

The suggested age range is Grades 3-5 and I believe that is a great age range.  The Code Cube Single Kit would make a great gift for that kid that has everything or for the kid you just do not want to buy another plastic toy for.  This gift will allow them to have some real fun while learning basic coding.  And they can show off what they create while walking around.

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