Project Torino, powered by Microsoft, has created an accessible coding curriculum called Code Jumper. This physical programming language is designed to enable visually impaired children to learn the basics of coding, the idea being that once students have a feel for how programming works using physical tools, they can translate those skills to the digital realm. Its creators hope that Code Jumper will provide learners with a foundation that can serve as a springboard for future careers in computer science.
Translating computer science into a physical space can open opportunities for the visually impaired. Do you think products like Code Jumper could also make computer science more accessible to other populations? Share your thoughts in the ongoing conversation on Vialogues.
Excerpts from the discussion:
@00:39 Hobie Terpeluk: I was a really fidgety kid and I would have loved playing with these—looks like there's a nice variety of textures and shapes and buttons and dials to hold my 9 year old self's interest
@02:32 Dallas Milanovich: This sort of tactile learning of programming could definitely be useful for all kinds of young learners. It's especially important that it was created to be inclusive, but it certainly doesn't need to be exclusive.