Episode 42: Why Would You Want to Learn to Code Anyway?

Meet the Expert: Bryanne Leeming, Coder and Inventor

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Bryanne is the Founder & CEO of Unruly Studios, and inventor of their award-winning product, Unruly Splats. Unruly Splats engage elementary and middle school students with learning STEM skills and computer science through active recess-style play. Unruly Splats was recently awarded MassTLC’s 2019 Digital Transformation in Education. Bryanne has a degree in Cognitive Science from McGill University and an MBA from Babson College. She was named a 2018 Inc Rising Star and a 2019 Boston Business Journal 40 Under 40.


Interested in learning to code? Check out UNRULY SPLATS

Their vision is to build ridiculously fun learning tools and experiences for the young people who will create the future. Unruly tools combine active physical play with tough-to-learn concepts in technology. We engage all kinds of kids in learning experiences to build resiliency to thrive in tomorrow’s world. In these pursuits we make high quality products, resources, and support systems that are learner-focused and lead to loyal long-term relationships with the community.

The Unruly team is made up of experts in cognitive science, toy manufacturing, education, and technology with experience on teams at Scratch, the MIT Media Lab, Hasbro, Mattel, Nickelodeon, iRobot, and Disney. Investors include Techstars, LearnLaunch, AT&T, and Amazon.


What is Coding?  Watch this video to find out! 



Coding programs on a computer is a lot like creating the rules to your own game. Bryanne’s challenge is to pick a game and make it better by adding your own rules!

1) Write down the rules to your favorite game (like Tag, Hide and Seek, or Simon Says).
2) Add three NEW rules made up by you.
3) Try playing your new and improved game with friends and family!

With your parents permission, send us the rules for your game via email at podcast@solveitforkids.com OR tag us on our Twitter or Instagram account @kidssolve.


Book - Code This!


Book giveaway for this episode!

Code This!: Puzzles, Games, Challenges, and Computer Coding Concepts for the Problem Solver in You Paperback –by Jennifer Szymanski (NG Kids)






Book List:

Coding Games in Scratch: A Step-by-Step Visual Guide to Building Your Own Computer Games  by Jon Woodcock (DK Kids)

Coding Projects in Scratch: A Step-by-Step Visual Guide to Coding Your Own Animations, Games, Simulations  by Jon Woodcock (DK Kids)

Coding Concepts for Kids: Learn to Code Without a Computer by Randy Lynn (Rockridge Press)

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