Grasshopper by Area 120

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Free coder teaches kids actual programming language.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn both coding logic and actual JavaScript code.

Ease of Play

Step-by-step format leads kids through and additional help is available as needed via optional hints and a glossary of code descriptions.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Grasshopper by Area 120 is a free coding tutorial. While not necessarily geared toward kids, it will appeal to older kids who are comfortable with basic math operations (through multiplication) and slightly more complex math ideas (such as arrays). Area 120 is a special team of people at Google who are free to take on innovative projects. Grasshopper by Area 120 asks for a Google login to get started. It has no ads or external content. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

 

 

User Reviews

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Grandparent of a 10 year old Written byHubert H. June 11, 2018

Fraudulent reviews of "grasshopper" on the AppleStore

I have been using the iPhone app "Grasshopper" dowloaded from the Apple Store. This app is a product of "Area 120" a unit of Google. This ap... Continue reading
Parent of a 7 year old Written byTrishaGateway2018 May 23, 2018

Great HTML App

I really enjoy using this HTML app. It help me refresh my memory how to make websites with HTML. This app help me so much and it was very easy to understand and... Continue reading

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What's it about?

GRASSHOPPER BY AREA 120 is a collection of progressive interactive lessons that guide users from understanding what coding is all the way through making their own animations. Each lesson teaches a discrete bit of information, from a specific command to a type of coding logic (such as a loop or a conditional statement). There are quizzes to pass along the way and kids earn trophies and achievements as they progress. Grasshopper by Area 120 includes four courses: What Is Code?, Fundamentals, Animations, and Animations II. Kids will need to pass each one before moving on to the next. There is also a Code Playground where kids can put their new skills to the test by building out their own pieces of code.

Is it any good?

While many apps teach kids about coding logic, learning actual code is both empowering and fun. Grasshopper by Area 120 makes learning JavaScript playful and accessible as it sneaks in a lot of important info. It starts off with a colorful set of lessons that teach kids how to draw various flags using code, which is a huge improvement from where many coding lessons begin. There are some lessons that feel like big leaps of information, and many kids will need help understanding and digesting the info. There's also the danger that the focus on interactive puzzles to teach code sometimes leads to missing the bigger picture of what's being taught. And occasionally the lessons feel too scripted, not leaving room for mistakes. Figuring out where your code went wrong is a huge part of programming, so a bit more flexibility in accepting answers can't hurt. But beyond those minor complaints, you can't really go wrong with Grasshopper by Area 120 for getting started with JavaScript. It might be just the thing to springboard your child into a love of coding and computer science in general.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the coding logic in Grasshopper by Area 120. How does a computer read and understand instructions? How is that the same and/or different as how people understand instructions?

  • Discuss coding as a profession. What types of things do programmers do? How can you combine your other interests with software engineering or web design?

App details

For kids who love coding and STEM

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