codeSpark Academy

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Visual code meets story-based game; kids learn by doing.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn the logic of programming by exploring visual blocks of code, giving kids a high-level picture of what's involved in creating video games. An independent research study shows use of the app increases sequencing ability, interest in computer-related activities, confidence around problem solving

Ease of Play

On-screen hand prompts kids on how to make new commands. Difficulty ramps up very quickly, but kids can replay each level as many times as necessary.

Violence & Scariness

Cartoon-like violence with no characters injured.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that codeSpark Academy includes several increasingly challenging drag-and-drop coding puzzles that introduce kids to the logic of programming using visual blocks of code. No instructions are available in-app, but parents can access a full curriculum explaining the concepts on the codeSpark website linked in the parent section. Keep in mind that the app is available by slightly different names for Android and iOS devices. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTara R. March 25, 2018

App now requires monthly payment

We downloaded the app only to find out that you get a 7 day free trial followed by a monthly payment of $7.99. Never played the game. Deleted the app and will l... Continue reading
Parent Written byJon H. June 1, 2017

This is a great intro to code.

Being a programmer I fully understand this - I learned to code at a similar age (basic) typing in games from magazines then modding them for fun. My eldest lo... Continue reading
Kid, 7 years old December 9, 2017

i love it

i love codespark academy! l really love the game maker and the foos the foos i love them kids u try it

What's it about?

CODESPARK ACADEMY features fun little monsters navigating city streets, encountering police officers and construction sites as well as obstacles such as boxes and tires. Kids drag and drop commands or visual blocks of code from the Scratch programming language into the correct order to guide the monster to his destination. Kids must complete one level to advance to the next, and they receive one, two, or three stars based on how efficiently they use the commands. Levels can be replayed for a higher score.

Is it any good?

As with other coding games, this app features monster characters that will appeal to both boys and girls; in this case, however, those characters work together, and the game plays out in a story format. The levels get increasingly challenging and the story more complex. By design, kids have to figure out what to do and how to do it on their own, which will be empowering for most kids and frustrating for some. A solutions guide is available through the parent section of codeSpark Academy, which is essential, as some levels involve trickier solutions requiring multiple characters. Overall, it's a fun way to expose kids to the logic of programming.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how code drives technology, from the tablets and computers we use to other electronics we encounter every day. What do your kids already know about coding? How can codeSpark Academy help you learn?

  • Explain the star scoring to kids: Even though they may construct code that is functional, they won't get three stars until they use the most efficient commands.

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