General

What is STEM?

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. STEM teaching and learning goes beyond the mere transfer of knowledge.  It engages students and equips them with critical thinking, problem solving, creative and collaborative skills, and ultimately establishes connections between the school, work place, community and the global economy.  STEM also helps students understand and apply math and science content, the foundations for success in college and careers.

What is Computational Thinking?

“Computational Thinking” is a new and fundamental way of thinking and problem solving; a way of thinking that is critical in the 21st Century. One of the big advantages of studying computer science, whatever your ultimate career, is causing a big stir. Some are even claiming it should be added to reading, writing and arithmetic as a core ability that every person should learn.  It is a collection of diverse skills to do with problem solving that result from studying the nature of computation. It includes some obviously important skills that most subjects help develop, like creativity, ability to explain and team work. It also consists of some very specific problem solving skills such as the ability to think logically, algorithmically and recursively. Computer Science is unique in the way it brings all these diverse skills together. Computational Thinking is the skill of the 21st century.

What is Coding?

Coding, in the simplest of terms, is telling a computer what you want it to do, which involves typing in step-by-step commands for the computer to follow.

Computers are not clever things, however they are very obedient. They will do exactly what you want them to do, so long as you tell them how to do it correctly. Coding is what makes it possible for us to create computer software, apps and websites. Your browser, your operating system, the apps on your phone, Facebook, and this website – they are all made with code.

Do kids need to learn coding?

Coding concepts help kids learn to think, think in algorithm, think about problems and solutions, how to break up big task into smaller units. They will learn skills which are needed for the new information age. Just like we introduce our kids to sports, music, art we can introduce them to the world of computing in a fun way. They will learn the basics without even knowing they are learning. If they are like it, they will learn more.

What is Blockly?

Blockly is a drag-and-drop visual programming developed by Google. Blockly lets you build applications by piecing together small graphical objects in much the same way you’d piece together Legos. Each visual object is also a code object — a variable or a counter or an “if-then” statement or the like — and as you piece them to together, you create instructions for the computer. This is a perfect way to introduce kids to the world of computing.

Do you show any advertisements in your apps ?

We never show any third-party advertising or sponsored product placement, not even in the free version.

Are your apps available on Android?

Boogie Bot is available on both iOS and Android.  Junior  Coder is available on iOS only. But we hope to make it available on Android in the future. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

Do you share any personal information when we use your apps?

We do not collect personal information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person, or to identify an individual in context.

We do collect anonymous analytics data to help us build better apps. This information includes type of device, duration of play, location by city or region, and engagement with app features.

We are parents and we take privacy issues very seriously. We follow the principles of the “Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act” (COPPA), U.S. law designed to protect the online privacy of children. If you have any questions please email us .

Troubleshooting

How can I contact support?

We are always here to help you. For any questions or technical issues please send us an email.

I have purchased the app, but it won't download.

First of all, thank you for purchasing the app. We appreciate your support and we are here to help. Let’s try a few things to see if this solves your problem.

  1. Please make sure you are connected to the internet.
  2. Please make sure you are not logged into a restricted account.
  3. Please make sure you are logged into the same Google Play account or AppStore account as you bought it from.
  4. Please make sure your device has enough memory.

My app just got stuck and doesn't respond. What should I do next?

We are so sorry to learn that the app got stuck. Most of the times this can be solved by force quitting the app. To force quit your app from any screen, simply double-click the Home button. Scroll left or right to find the app screen, and then drag it out to force quit.

If the app continues to crash, please send us an email. Be sure to tell us which app you’re playing, where in the app it crashed, and the device you’re using. We’ll address it as soon as we can.

I made an in-app purchase on one of my devices; how do I get it to appear on other devices?

Go to “Buy” screen inside “For Parents”, and tap Restore button to add your purchase to other devices. Please make sure to use the same account you used to buy the app.

How do I turn the sound on or off?

In Junior Coder tap the sound icon on the top right menu to turn off all sounds.

In Boogie Bot, go to the main menu and  tap the music icon to turn off background music and the sound icon to turn off all other sound effects.

For Schools

Do you work with schools?

We love working with schools. If you’re interested in using our apps at your school, please send us an email.

If you’re a teacher looking to use our apps in your classroom, please check out the lesson plans under the school version of the app. If you have any feedback, please get in touch.

Do you participate in Apple's Volume Purchase Program?

We participate in Apple’s Volume Purchase Program (VPP) which offers a discount on apps purchased in bulk. This program is available to schools in 26 countries around the world. To learn more about it please visit here.

Do you have any teaching material?

Junior Coder For School has lesson plans and solutions to aid in teaching. Lesson plans also have unplugged activity (no mobile device or app installs required).

If you still have questions, check out the FAQ page for the app or contact us.