Kids’ coding app Tynker expands with Android version and game mode

Educational coding app Tynker has announced that it is expanding to Android and offering a game-making mode to help children develop their programming skills.

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The start-up has already had more than 8.8 million children learn to code through programming courses via its app and website.

Now children can also use the app to create their own games. It focuses on a series of exercises where children learn programming concepts including functions, subroutines and conditioning, by games and puzzles.

It is available for free from the App Store and Google Play.

“The first app has been extremely well received, and we’ve had lots of requests for the update, particularly kids being able to build their own things,” Tynker’s Krishna Vedati told The Guardian.

Earlier this week it was reported that Britain faces a digital skills shortage, with many young people thinking that digital roles are not suitable for careers and being put off by stereotypes.

This app aims to change thinking in parents, teachers and children, and encourage them to think about a wider range of careers in digital technology.

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