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Toys at Chicago Public Library teach building blocks of code — without a computer

Thu Aug 03 05:07:12 EDT 2017 | Chicago Tribune
Toys don’t have to be high-tech to teach kids how to code. Take, for example, the toys from startup Beautiful Learning, featured at the newly redesigned Thomas Hughes Children's Library at the Harold Washington Cultural Center. Available for on-site play and being used in programming, they were designed by a group at the MIT Media Lab to teach coding to those as young as 3 years old. But you won't find any circuitry in these toys: They’re made of wood and glass, designed around concepts like bin..

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Toys don’t have to be high-tech to teach kids how to code. Take, for example, the toys from startup Beautiful Learning, featured at the newly redesigned Thomas Hughes Children's Li..
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