Project Torino: coding game for students with visual impairment

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Two 9 year old students interacting with the physical programming language, Project Torino.

Computing skills are being introduced to young students and are incorporated into many classrooms.  However, most of the current programming activities and software geared for students is not fully accessible.  Microsoft Research is developing Project Torino, a physical programming language for children age 7 - 11.  While designed to be fun and educational for students who are visually impaired, Project Torino encourages all students to work together.  Using coding tools, students can create songs, incorporate silly noises, poetry and sounds they created themselves.

The Project Torino team has created a curriculum for all teachers - a computer science background is not necessary!  Project Torino is designed to grow with student using an app that enables students progress from coding with the physical system to text-based code.

Currently (March 2017), Project Torino is expanding the beta trial to 100 student in the UK with the intent of making Project Torino available to students/teachers outside of the UK.

For details, go to Microsoft's blog, Project Torino, Microsoft Creates a Physical Programming Language Inclusive of Visually Impaired Children.