hopscotchProgramming language is a difficult concept for kids to grasp, but an important one, given the adoption of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education in more and more classrooms.

Yesterday, Hopscotch launched its iPad programming language specifically for teaching kids to code in a fun, engaging way.  The app allows kids to create interactive programs on the iPad by dragging blocks of code and dropping them into a scripting area, with no typing required.

In a demo with AllThingsD, Hopscotch explained that the apps are targeted primarily at girls age 8 and up and are designed so that users can utilize the touch-screen tablet component without having to worry about frustrating common code syntax.

The free app hit the App Store today but  is hardly the first product to address kid-friendly programming education.

As AllThingsD mentioned, years ago, Microsoft introduced Kodu, a product originally created for the Xbox, that let teens create their own code. Last year, the article added, Google introduced Blockly, a which lets users create applications by stringing together graphical blocks of code.

And in past months, several companies have come out with fun, digital solutions that teach kids basic programming language in accordance with STEM education.

Last month, for example, Kurato Studios released mobile game Hakitzu that engages kids in coding concepts through gameplay while, earlier this week, a newly founded company, Tynker, launched its interactive visual programming platform for kids.

The Tynker platform includes pre-packaged lesson plans, hands-free interactive tutorials, advanced lesson generation tools and paperless workflow for assigning and grading programming projects as a modern solution for teaching programming and STEM skills in schools.

One thing that sets Hopscotch apart from other products on the same mission  is that its language  is designed specifically to be programmed on a mobile device. The company says it is excited to see what its  early users come up.

 

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