Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Code Lab from Let's Start Coding Review

I have a fun product to share with you today, Code Lab from Let's Start Coding!  Code Lab is geared for kids 8 and older and is perfect to get kids started coding quickly.  No soldering or electronics experience is necessary!

What's in our Code Lab?  Our box included the Code Lab itself with over 60 built-in components, a USB cable and an instruction and reference book.

Our Code Lab Kit

A close-up of our giant, Code Lab circuit board itself.
The jumbo LEDs, 50 mini LED pixels, arcade buttons, and sensors make this kit super fun.
Code Lab's free software requires Windows, Mac or a Chromebook computer to work.  Our kids have been using Windows on a Nextbook for our Code Lab, just like with our Code Rocket previously.  The set-up was simple and it's working great.

Ok, so how does Code Lab work?  Well, each project starts with your student uploading a functioning program to their code lab.  Then, they tinker with the code to see what each line controls.  After watching the video explanation, your student will be ready to complete a challenge (that improves or changes their starting code).  Some of the project's include a bug hunt!  There, they will find and correct the bug planted within the code.  It's a lot of fun and the kids learn so much!

There are 100 sequenced projects that help teach your child C++ coding.  There are also hours of walk through videos that accompany the projects and explain how the code works so that kids can make changes of their own and increase their knowledge and understanding of the coding language.

Projects include:

  • blink an LED
  • play tones on a speaker
  • hold button for LED light
  • LED flashlightautomatic nightlight
  • four note piano
  • random tone generator
  • LED color tuner
  • LED pixel rainbow
  • and more!

C teaching G about Code Lab
Students learn about loops, if statements, functions, variables, and code logic and bug hunting.  I love that these projects are self-paced so students can work comfortably.  They are not on their own though, the guided videos are great.  The kids have already completed numerous projects and I'm looking forward to seeing how many more they complete over the winter break!  If you are looking for a unique, educational gift for your kids - please check out Code Lab and look at some of the other products they offer as well.  They do not disappoint!

Disclosure:  Huge shout out to Let's Start Coding for selecting me as a Let's Start Coding Blogger and Affiliate.  This post contains affiliate links.  I received Code Lab at a discount in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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