New from Tynker: Programming App Enables Children to Build Customised Apps on iPad and Android Tablets

Remember Tynker, the online program that teaches children to code? Tynker then extended their program so children could play coding games on iPad. Now Tynker has created a premium app that will allow children to create their own apps on iPad or Android Tablet!

About Tynker’s Premium App

“Turning more Young Learners into Young Makers.” – Tynker

Tynker’s Premium App is an expansion of the Tynker platform to enable kids to use the Tynker app on iPad and Android-based tablets to build customised apps, including games, animations, interactive stories and puzzles. The launch of their new app has made Tynker the world’s first visual programming platform to allow all young “makers” to create their own apps on both web and mobile platforms.

Tynker’s award-winning creative computing platform is now used by more than 8 million kids and 10,000 teachers, making it one of the largest applications in the world focused squarely on the next generation of “makers”. Tynker’s latest app is designed to extend the Tynker platform to an even broader audience of young programmers, encouraging creativity and collaboration so kids learn valuable programming concepts while taking advantage of today’s advanced computing capabilities, including Web animations and the native touch-based capabilities of Apple and Android-based tablets.

“Phase one of our growth was all about evangelizing the benefits of acquiring STEM skills and teaching kids to learn how to code, and with millions of kids on Tynker today, we’ve made tremendous progress on that front,” said Srinivas Mandyam, co-founder and CTO of Tynker. “Today, we’re moving one step closer to our ultimate vision, helping kids not only ‘learn’ programming but helping them ‘create’ using a creative computing platform that is built specifically for today’s youth. Now, using their iPad, Android-based tablet or virtually any computer, every child can unleash their creativity and take their programming projects as far as their imagination will take them, preparing them well for whatever career they choose.”

Kids Use Tynker to Create Apps Directly on their Tablets

With the launch of Tynker’s new app for both the iPad and Android-based tablets, kids can now use Tynker to create their own “app-like” projects, animations and games from templates that provide a starting point from which to build. These ‘skeleton’ projects prompt kids into using Tynker’s powerful visually-based creative computing platform through prompts such as “Can you make the spaceship fly?” or “Can you make the dragon find the treasure?”

Kids can easily get started with Tynker whether they have prior programming experience or not. Beginners use Tynker’s drag-and-drop visual programming blocks to build a feature or function based on the theme or template they are working with; more advanced young programmers can create new original projects, providing Tynker users with a continuum of opportunities to keep developing their programming skills-from beginner to advanced.

Tynker’s new app works seamlessly across the Web as well as both the iOS (iPad) and Android development platforms. This allows kids to start their projects in one environment (for example on an iPad at home) and then pick up where they left off on an entirely different device (such as a computer at school). With a single user login, kids can also program projects online or offline and use Tynker at Home or Tynker for Schools in the classroom. Completed projects can then be “played” across any iOS, Android or web-enabled device-an industry first-regardless of which operating system was used to create the project in the first place.

What children can do with the new Tynker app:

Children first learn basic programming skills through a series of puzzle adventures in a step by step fashion:

  • Codey’s Quest – Use logic and loop variations to lead Codey home.
  • Dragon Journey – Create functions and subroutines to lead your dragon through the forest.
  • Lost in Space – Apply conditional logic to lead astronaut Biff to his moon base.
  • Lazer Racer – Draw complex geometric shapes using simple commands in this futuristic racing game.

Within every adventure are hidden bonus games to be unlocked. For children that are stumped, puzzle solutions are available.

After learning the basics, children can then build their own games with Tynker Workshop that allows them to:

  • Create games and apps quickly with:
    • Built-in Physics engine for advanced games
    • 9 complete pre-built game kits to remix your own game from
    • 5 Media Themes with hundreds of assets – Fantasy, Adventure, Sci Fi, Modern and Spooky
  • Access a downloadable library of sample coding projects to learn from
  • Use the same visual programming language introduced in the puzzle adventures
  • Define their own functions and variables
  • Build musical projects using the built-in notes for piano, electric guitar and drums.
  • Add tilt, touch and other native behaviors to their games
  • Build an unlimited portfolio of games and projects to play with friends
  • Work offline without Internet connectivity

What the Tynker app and Tynker on the Web can teach children:

  • pattern recognition, problem solving, sequencing, spatial visualization, algorithmic thinking and how to debug programs
  • programming concepts like sequencing, repetition and conditional logic
  • reinforces basic geometry concepts while using programming to draw angles and lines

Where can you get it?

* Volume pricing options for educators are available for both apps.

About Tynker

Tynker, a leading Silicon Valley startup that helps kids become tomorrow’s makers, is the creator of a program by the same name that inspires children to create and collaborate through programming, in a visual, intuitive and imaginative way. Over 10,000 schools and 8 million kids have started coding with Tynker – building critical computational thinking skills for future success.

The program Tynker is inspired by visual programming languages such as Scratch from MIT, Alice from CMU, and other programming languages like Logo, SmallTalk, and Squeak.