Introducing MartyBlocks Jr: Block-based coding program for children as young as five

A version of Marty the Robot intended to enable young children aged 5-7 to develop their computational thinking.

Marty the Robot is a teaching tool from Robotical.

The unique walking mechanism means Marty can walk, turn, dance, kick a ball and so much more.

Marty is designed for educators and learners, and is designed to make learning about computer science and coding a fun and engaging experience. From introducing screen-free programming in pre-school, right through to university.

Marty comes with an extensive library of educational resources, from curriculum-linked lesson plans to classroom-ready presentations, available via their Learning Portal.

They have now launched MartyBlocks Jr. Based on the ScratchJr interface, they developed an introductory programming language which uses Marty the Robot to enable young children (aged 5-7) to develop their computational thinking.

Similar to MartyBlocks (which is based on Scratch and aimed at children aged 8+), children can create interactive stories and games, though MartyBlocks Jr has been altered to cater for younger children and the features have been carefully crafted matching children’s cognitive, personal, social and emotional development.

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