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It's never too early to start programming! Lightbot Junior gets your little ones 'coding' within minutes!
Lightbot Junior is specifically designed for ages 4-8, and is an easier version of the popular Lightbot: featuring a gentler learning curve and not-as-complex puzzles. You can play as Boybot or Girlbot as you solve puzzles that use game mechanics that are based on Computer Science ideas; Lightbot Junior cultivates a real understanding of sequencing instructions, debugging problems, creating reusable procedures and executing loops.
Educators around the world are choosing to use Lightbot first when introducing their students to programming, coding and Computer Science.
Lightbot Junior features 42 levels.
This version can be played in English, French, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Norwegian, Slovenian, Romanian, Indonesian, German, Polish, Danish, Croatian, Dutch, Slovak, Czech, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Thai, Hindi, Swedish, Finnish and Hungarian! Just hit the associated flag icon on the main screen to select a language.
Lightbot features multiple save slots and separate progress tracking for multiple players. Multiple players can advance at their own pace in their own save slot, and also compete on number of levels finished, number of stars collected and number of overall commands used to complete the game.
There are NO in-app purchases in Lightbot Junior.
Fixed a few minor bugs, including a major crash bug on iPhone 4 in which the game wouldn't start on that device.
As always, thank you for supporting Lightbot!
Ratings and Reviews
Magnificent robot programming puzzle game
This is an astonishingly awesome little game that does an amazing job teaching young children how to program. It is straight-out accessible to 1st grade but still fun in 4th grade. The only complaints you will hear from the kids is that they'll cry if it's over.
The best part is that the app found very clever levels that slowly grow in complexity while illustrating well what the commands do. The game also isn't mad at you if your program made a mistake. Quite the contrary. Kids will find it entertaining to try out what happens when they program the robot to do silly things that don't solve the challenge.
The only suggestion to the app developers is that they really should think of ways of prolonging the fun. More levels? A second round were you get bonus points for shorter programs? A third round where the robot fails if it runs a command that doesn't work?
Great in the classroom
I volunteer in my 1st and 3rd graders classrooms once a week teaching computer programming and this app is wonderful. The best part of it, compared to other apps/websites, is that it encourages testing because it doesn't frown or tell you are wrong when you run an incomplete program. I was impressed that the 1st graders were able to work through all the puzzles up until loops (still not sure if teaching loops as recursion is the most applicable and/or ideal).
The other nice thing is that it is easy to use in the classroom where kids just grab a random ipad because there are unlocked puzzles at each level group, so they can mostly remember where they were and pick up from there and you don't have to fuss with logins, passwords, saving, etc.
Did not engage my 6 year old. She played for only a minute or two before losing interest. You set up sequences of commands for a robot to light some squares and then play them to see if it works. This is not much in rewards for success or guidance for failure and many very similar levels. Good if your child finds the problem interesting, but many in the target age range will not.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.