Coding used to be limited only to those who are computer and programming geeks but now, even a three-year-old kid has the chance of learning the fundamentals of coding. Thanks to Mochi Robot, a robotics kit created by Mark Pavlyukovskyy.
Mochi Robot is a LEGO-compatible, screenless coding kit that teaches the fundamentals of coding to children ages three and above. It utilises colorful stories to engage children so they can write their first functions, loops, and more.
“Learning programming is like learning any language – it’s easier at a young age. Mochi combines the experience of scientists, educators, and Wall Street analysts to give children a healthy chance to learn how to code,” said Pavlyukovskyy in a Product Hunt post.
He added that the kit uses 12 engaging storybooks and maps, interactive hands-on play, and an extensible coding platform that target children of at least three years old.
Mochi comes with a programmable robot that feeds commands through a control center. The control center relies on tiny command-squares to create a sequence of actions. Kids can arrange these squares in any sequence, making the robot move forward, turn, make a sound, do a dance, or redo an entire sequence.
“This is great because kids can start learning even earlier and it is less expensive,” one Product Hunt reviewer said.
“Love it! Thank you so much for building this! It has everything I would love kids to have: Programming without a screen, easy to use contactless buttons, modularity, and creativity – all of that wrapped in a story. We need more products like this one. Good job!” another reviewer said.
Pavlyukovskyy launched Mochi Robot via Kickstarter in October and has already raised over $157,000 thanks to over 500 backers with still 15 days remaining on its campaign
Pavlyukovskyy is an inventor and entrepreneur. He previously invented a DIY computer that changed the lives of thousands of kids by empowering them to build and program their own technology.
He is a Princeton Alumni Entrepreneurs Fund’s Entrepreneur of the Year and a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree in Education.