We were inspired by the experiences many of us had volunteering to teach young children. A lot of kids learn better when more of their senses are involved. Therefore, they are able to understand concepts better when they have a physical representation. We decided to take the idea of block coding and bring it into real life.
What it does
Our project uses "physical blocks" that resemble those in block coding. Each block has a QR code and the student must put them together to create a solution to get through a maze. They can then take a picture and upload it, and our program reads the QR codes to make a block move through the maze. This allows the student to both physically put together their code and see the output of their work.
How we built it
Challenges we ran into
Accomplishments that we're proud of
When the block hit a wall on the maze, we wanted to reset the maze and have it stop running. In order to do this, we needed to clear the TimeOuts. We thought of different ideas before settling on our solution and there was a lot of trial and error. However, we're really proud that we were able to come up with a solution for the problem.
What we learned
What's next for Blockle
For this hackathon, we just used QR codes on a piece of paper instead of creating actual 3D blocks. For our next step, we would want to create those blocks and test them. In addition, we would want to add more puzzles and possibly randomly generate puzzles in the future. Lastly, we would want to deploy the app.