Monday, September 24, 2018

Bitsbox Coding Subscription Review

Have you ever just sat there and wondered about how many apps are available? A recent study revealed that Android alone offers around 3.8 million apps for its users. Apple has around 2 million for its various “i-devices”. Those are some mind-boggling numbers to consider, and more apps are being created each day! These days’ programmers and software developers are using software coding “languages” such as Javascript, HTML, and more to bring their apps to life. Technology is becoming more capable and a world of “at-your-fingertips” applications suddenly becoming a possibility is driving more and more people into the world of developing apps. The demand for these apps has skyrocketed and continues to grow. It isn’t just teenagers and adults who are interested in coding nowadays, children are too. There is a company that offers a fun and educational way to help teach kids how to code, BitsBox. It is a perfect way to learn about coding for those who know nothing about coding, like a kid. It is so much of a treat to use, adults can have fun with it too! 


Bitsbox is a monthly subscription box loaded with fun exercise’s to learn how to code and customize apps. Bitsbox works best for kids ages 6-12. Each app that you get to learn to code includes bits of code written in Javascript. Each line of code is able to be typed by your kid themselves, then they can customize the app. Maybe the code said to add the color green, you can add red if you would like. Or, maybe the app said to add a pizza, you can add a sandwich instead. 


We received our Bitsbox subscription box a few weeks ago and have been learning a lot about coding. Honestly, when we first received our Bitsbox to review, I had no idea what to expect. I knew, however, that my son was going to love it. He happens to love anything to do with technology, he is like his dad who happens to work in Networking. Like father, like son, when it comes to technology in this house. 


When my son and I opened the box, he was ready to start coding. He suffers from ADHD, so his positive response and level of interest made me very happy. This immediate interest is rare for him, I just love seeing it! The best part is that he has remained enthusiastic about it. Almost every day when he gets home from school, he asks to start doing some coding with his Bitsbox. He has learned so much in just a few weeks when it comes to coding.


When you code an app, you simply head to the Bitsbox coding website and sign into your account that you create. On the website, there is a tablet that stores all the apps that you make on it. When you want to create a new app you simply push the ‘New App’ button. There is also a home button you push to take you back to your home screen on the tablet. 


The Bitsbox comes with coding cards, each one for a different app. The coding is simple to follow and copy onto the Bitsbox website to create the app.  Yes, the coding is already completed and all your kid has to do is follow the code exactly, copy, and type it. The hardest part is provided, this repetitive approach is better suited for a young child, it allows them to learn how coding works at a functional level, without distracting them with a specific code that is above their initial understanding. For example, the code: fill (‘lava planet’) tells the app to have a background that fills the whole page to look like a planet with lava on it. This can be altered and customized to something different like a solid color blue, or maybe the ocean. The specific code can be learned later, but the idea of how it all works is made clear and understandable for a child to learn. I love that you can tweak your apps to make them your own. It teaches kids to explore different things for the app. Each app will also make suggestions to change things like what the monster says, a color, or what happens, giving them ideas to improve their app. 



Conner is 11 and he is loving the Bitsbox! I love the fact that the apps he is creating are his forever and access to the website is free with your Bitsbox purchase. Plus, you can play the apps on your actual phone or tablet, which lets you see them in app form while playing them. 


During our review, we received the Animal House theme box. It came with several different Super Cards full of different app challenges. There is a card that shows all the apps included, this is where you can add the provided stickers to keep track of what apps you have completed. 


Our box also provided a Grownup Guide to help introduce parents and the kids to plotting coordinates such as using the x and y-axis. Each app does provide practice in using coordinate to place objects precisely. The coordinates were a little harder for Conner to understand at first but it didn’t take him long to figure it out. Conner is great at typing, but this is also providing extra typing practice. 



Also, one great note is if you have more than one child they can each create their own account and create their own apps on Bitsbox. This makes it great for the whole family. If you don’t have any experience in coding this is such a great way to learn how to code for kids, (or adults), I had fun with it myself. It is potentially another hobby that you can do to spend quality time with your children.


Conner has loved every moment coding with Bitsbox. He is talking about when he gets done with this box, I have to get him another one. I think this is great! I love how he is so focused on learning how to create apps. As a mom, I know how great this can be for his future, especially if he decides to pursue a career in programming. This fundamental knowledge will be invaluable and he will have fond memories of learning, not negative thoughts of cram-session studying to learn as a first-time adult. 



You can choose from three different Bitsbox options:
  • Basic Bitsbox $24.95/month
  • Deluxe Bitsbox $37.95/ month
  • Digital Bitsbox $16.95/ month

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