Google announces ‘Project Bloks’ initiative to get children programming early

Google announces ‘Project Bloks’ initiative to get children programming early

Tech giant Google has announced a new initiative -- called ‘Project Bloks’ -- which has been designed with the objective of encouraging children to start programming, and create cool gadgets, at an early age.

The Project Bloks initiative involves a system of toy blocks which can be connected together by children for controlling other toys and, thereby, learning the fundamentals of coding. Google essentially wants Bloks to teach children the logic behind coding, so that they can easily learn basic skills while playing and, subsequently, transfer those skills to real-world applications.

Announcing the new Project Bloks initiative, Google said that Bloks will comprise three key components --- Pucks, Base Boards, and the Brain Board.

In its explanation of the three Bloks’ components, Google said that children can use Pucks for initializing any number of functions -- like on, off, go, and turn, etc. -- and work by connecting to square Base Boards through capacitive sensors. Both the components then hook up to the bigger Brain Board to get power as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

Asserting that Project Bloks is an attempt aimed at familiarizing children with tangible programming on an open hardware platform, Steve Vranakis and Jayme Goldstein – members of Google Creative Lab – said in a Monday blog post that when children learn to code, they not just learn how to program a computer, but also acquire “a skill set for solving problems of all kinds,” as they learn a new language for creative expression and develop computational thinking.