LearnMinder – Teaching kids how to code

LearnMinder is聽a SmartPhone app that blocks internet access until a homework / coding challenge is solved.

It is intended to be installed on a child’s smartphone. Parent can set up a topic that the child needs to practice. Every time the child wants to play or browse the Internet, she/he has to first solve a challenge custom tailored to current skill level. When the challenge is solved – child can use the Internet again.

The whole challenge is presented in a narrative that “the Internet is broken” and child needs to fix a bug in the software to use it. In the process, it learns, that all services it enjoys using are created by someone, maintained constantly and it is not magical black box.

Day by day, challenge by challenge the child gets more comfortable in thinking how the websites / services /聽games are designed and that sometimes it’s actually more fun to create these products than to use them.

Future integrations include

  • Coding lessons
  • Duolingo – foreign language lessons
  • Fintess tracker – training workouts

Current state

This application will be integrated with code.org and released under Open Source license.

I decided to re-write it in React Native to iron out some kinks.

How this app came to be – EUhackathon

In 2015 I had a pleasure to participate in EUhackathon. It was a splendid 2-day hackathon held in Brussels with a theme

Tools to help teach kids digital skills

During this event I created “Interfixer“, which I’m now rebranding as “LearnMinder

During presentations, along with a fully functioning demo, I presented:

And I won!

This was a huge surprise for me, but the Jury decided that my application was best, and as a single participants, I won the 2015 edition of EU Hackathon 馃檪 (You can read more here)

I met some AMAZING people (this was such a whirlwind!)

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Me with European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip

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Me with Esther W贸jcicki, Sergey Brinn’s mother-in-law

swimR

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swimR is a an that will revolutionize your swimming training. You just need to attach a beacon to your swimming glasses and swimR will gather data about your progress, compares it with previous achievements and if you want it – will synchronise with endomondo and runKeeper.

You will never again forget how many laps you did!

Hackathon child

swimR was conceived on Hackwaw3 – hackathon organized in Copernicus Center of Science in Warsaw, Poland. The topic was quantified self.

Use case

Idea is simple – we connect the phone to Bluetooth 4.0 beacon – in this particular case a borrowed Estimote beacon. The beacon – the size of an MP3 player – we attach to our swimming goggles. Then we swim.

The phone, left at the bank – is counting the lapses, speed and distance. We can see which distances we performed better, which worse. We can export data and make decisions based on facts.

 

A great tem

  • Karol Kozimor
  • Maciek Lis
  • Antoni Rokitnicki
  • Me (Artur Piszek)

 

Humble interface

This is how it looks in iPad:

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The first day we wanted to check how our contraption behaves in water. Copernicus is a science center, so there’s a water track. Unfortunately, 2.4 Ghz does not penetrate water very well.

We attempt to solve this by gathering measurements once the swimmer comes out for air

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This is how our presentation looked like 馃檪

 

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