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Robot Turtles

What Makes Robot Turtles Such A Cool New Board Game?

For starters, Robot Turtles is a board game you play with your favorite 3-8 year old kids.
It sneakily teaches the fundamentals of programming

One of the unique things about Robot Turtles is that only one person (the “Turtle Mover”) needs to read the rules. That means the kids can just start playing!

Invented by a software guy who’s been programming since he was seven years old.  He invented Robot Turtles as he pondered these questions in the shower one morning:

1) Why are kid games either pure luck (Candyland) or a frustrating exercise in trying to lose on purpose, without the child noticing (Tic-Tac-Toe)?

2) How old does a child need to be to learn to program? (Do they even need to read?)

3) What’s something cool I can do with my kids this afternoon?

Robot TurtlesHe got out of the shower, printed out some generic robot clip art, and told his 4-year-old twins that he had a new game for them to play.  They started experimenting with the rules, and the kids couldn’t get enough of it.

He got so excited about this game that he took a leave of absence from his job at Google and spent the summer working full time to develop it.


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Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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