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BenSpark’s Holiday Gift Guide: Code Car from Let’s Start Coding

Code Car

The folks at Let’s Start Coding approached me to review one of their coding kits. They sent me a free Code Car kit for me to review and to add to the Holiday Gift guide. Opinions are my own.

The Code Car is a microchip that is shaped like a car that has lights and sounds that you can program using the Let’s Start coding App that you can download to PC, Chromebook and MAC OSX. I downloaded the app to my PC so that I could mess around with the Code Car. Man, do I wish that I had something like this when I was 10 years old. Back then I taught myself how to program in BASIC on my Texas Instruments TI994A computer. This was a keyboard that you connected to your TV and if you wanted to save a program you had to save it to audio tape using a tape recorder and it would take hours to save and hours to load. I worked on my code all the time to make the screen do a ton of different things.

Lets Start Coding Products

My kids have it so lucky because with the Let’s Start Coding app they can learn the basic functions and concepts of coding and see the results of their learning immediately on the Code Car. The code Car is for the absolute beginner coder. With several projects, challenges and quizzes to go through your kids will get a ton of enjoyment and learning from this. The really fun stuff happens when your kids try to change the code on their own to make the car do things you hadn’t thought of before. Because it has lights and sounds maybe they can program it to play a song with lights in time to the music or so many other things.

the great thing about the app is that there is pre-made code that gets you started on a project and if you edit it and make a mistake you can restore the original code once again and start over. There is no way you are going to mess up that original code and lose it forever. Unlike, say when I accidentally blew away a game that my friend had on his Tandy computer back in the in 1980’s because I hit the wrong button. Oof, what a mistake!

You can see the Code Car in action in my video below.

The Code Car retails for $44.99 and can be found at Amazon.com. If you are inclined to purchase it please consider using my Amazon.com affiliate link. It costs you nothing extra and helps out the blog and YouTube channel.

Back in My Day: Coding

Contemplating a Police Visit
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Oh what a day of emotional ups and downs. More downs than ups. Andrew was home sick today and so no gym for me. No karate or school for him. We spent the day playing LEGO Dimensions. I was going to show you a video that we made of the Joker and Harley Quinn Team Pack but I wasn’t able to get that all together. It will be up at a later date.

While we were playing LEGO Dimensions I could hear yelling and screaming from next door. It sounded like a large, larger than normal, shouting match. Then door started slamming, the grandmother was shouting as well and I felt that things may escalate. So, I called the police. When they came they went by the house over to another house and were looking for the one I called about. I slipped out the side door and let them know which house to go to. We are so close together that I can hear everything. So I heard the neighbors give grief to the police. Then when the police left I heard the neighbors speculating on who called the police. I was expecting a pounding on my own door. We need to move. This is getting ridiculous.

I spent the afternoon cleaning one of the bathrooms and then weed whacking the sidewalk because it has gotten way overgrown. It was good to get a little frustration out on the weeds. Sort of satisfying.

The emotions were not over-with, though. When I put Eva to bed she looked upset. I asked her about it and the floodgates opened. She recently tried out for a play and didn’t get a part with any lines. She was so upset because she’s been a part of the play program for five years. She does a great job and she gets all her lines, moves, songs and dances down. I know that she did a good job in the audition, which isn’t really an audition because there are at least 50 kids in the play program. She was very upset. I’ve been there. I’ve been there so many times in my life and told her about a few of those times. I was going to talk about it in today’s vlog but instead I got a bit sidetracked talking about coding when I was a kid and also the Swift Playgrounds app on the iPad. I love it, it is so much fun and I like learning more about coding.