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By Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Challenging puzzler teaches kids to think like programmers.

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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

Cute, but teaches questionable programming habits

I downloaded this app after teachers at my school were talking about using it with students to teach coding. My husband and I both have Computer Science backgrounds, and I have used both and the Kibo robot with students to teach basic programming. We were disappointed to see that cargo-bot's programming structure allows for goto commands, creating infinite loops and spaghetti programming. The game prioritizes short code over properly structured code, awarding more stars for solutions that use fewer commands. In short, while it is a fun puzzler, it teaches bad programming habits.

Is It Any Good?

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CARGO-BOT's challenge is addictive for all ages! Kids learn programming concepts as they figure out the most direct way to reach their goal of getting the crates in place. The beauty is that the game itself was developed using Codea, a programming language specifically designed for the iPad, so kids can see an example of what is possible -- and what they themselves can create -- using programming logic. With Cargo-Bot, kids learn a range of programming skills in a fun, challenging game.

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