Community Highlights: April 7 – April 13
It’s Monday, which means we get to bring you the best and brightest of the Tynker community! From a disco-dancing criminal to a lonely spider, this week’s featured projects are sure to entertain you. Don’t miss the featured tweets and blog update either!
Projects of the Week
This storybook-style project tells the story of a spider trying to make friends.
In this game, you can buy upgrades and hire workers to help you mine faster. Click the ore at the bottom of the screen to mine it.
This is a funny, original cartoon involving time travel.
You are Mechzero, a small robot with red hair. Fire projectiles to defeat the bosses.
This simple, clever project will put your mouse or touchpad skills to the test. Keep your cursor away from the blue.
This version of Pong involves controlling four paddles at the same time. Use the arrow keys.
You are a pickle fighting against a blob. Bump into the blob to deal damage, and use items to heal up.
Run away from Liam. Be careful, the room will get smaller over time.
Tweets of the Week
Educator Beth Austin always has the cutest tweets! Check out both of hers from this week.
These girls were so excited to code with @gotynker! They said it’s their favorite thing to do at school @drezac @kvedati #girlswhocode #coding #FutureReady #futureprogrammer #D56Achieves @GurneeD56 pic.twitter.com/J9ntcviO0K
— Beth Austin (@MrsA1stGrade) April 14, 2018
— Beth Austin (@MrsA1stGrade) April 12, 2018
These kids are absorbed in learning to code with Tynker for the very first time.
— Stevan Sheets (@navets) April 12, 2018
So cute – according to this educator, her son is “always finding a way to share Tynker.”
— Knikole Taylor (@knikole) April 14, 2018
First graders having a blast with Tynker!
— matthew santiago (@matthew50760349) April 12, 2018
This class is coding brain fitness games with Tynker. Sounds fun!
We are planning, coding, and testing our brain fitness games in fourth grade @Barronschool today. Ask us how we met the criteria and constraints! @PLTWorg @gotynker #codingkids pic.twitter.com/ZFnUyf1hQT
— STEM K-5 SAU57 (@K_5_STEM_SAU57) April 12, 2018
On the Blog
We were busy on the blog this week! Our Featured Makers were Robert and Wyatt, both of whom aspire to be programmers in the future, and have already been coding for a few years. We also posted a Women in STEM article about Carol Shaw, who designed River Raid for Atari as one of the first ever female game designers.
We posted this article about the success of schools who use our premium curriculum on iPad! Two Featured Teacher and Featured School articles went live as well; Miguel Santana from CPS, and Manarat Sana’a International School in Yemen. Mr. Santana raved about Tynker’s scaffolded curriculum and included great quotes from his students, while Arwa Al-Anesi shared her story of teaching Tynker and hope to students in war-torn Yemen.
Last (but not least!) we posted 3 Reasons Parents Choose a Tynker Coding Education. We surveyed Tynker parents to see why they chose to purchase a Tynker plan – the majority (34% of those surveyed) want to prepare their kids for the future with a coding education!
Keep contributing to the Tynker community! Parents and teachers can connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and the Tynker Community Forum. Kids can start learning to code and creating for free with the Tynker app for iPads and Android tablets or by playing our Hour of Code activities!