"Learning programming with Pocket Code, a Scratch-like Android app" by Wolfgang Slany

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    Pocket Code encourages teenagers, both girls as well as boys, to acquire, in Papert's constructionist way, the programming skills fundamentally important for our future society.

    No PC is needed, as Pocket Code is entirely used on the phones or tablets privately owned by kids or provided by schools.

    Pocket Code is freely available through the Android Play Store and is a featured STEM application on Google Play for Education.

    It has won the Austrian national innovation award in 2013, was extensively used during the European Code Week 2014, and is available in many languages.

    The Pocket Code team closely cooperates with MIT's Scratch team, and Scratch programs automatically can be converted to Pocket Code.

    Pocket Code also allows to easily program Lego Mindstorms robots, which allows kids to give the robots an animated face and a voice by attaching the phoneto the robot, as well as to use face detection programming blocks that allow to find out if and where a person stands in front of the robot and to, e.g., turn the robot to that person.

    Pocket Code also encourages teenagers to tinker with electronics by greatly simplifying Arduino or Raspberry Pi programming.

    Pocket Code can be easily integrated into, e.g., language or science classes at school, and provides ample introductory material for both teachers and kids.

    Pocket Code fosters creativity and allows kids to express themselves in a million different ways with their smartphones and tablets.

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