Earlier this week Apple announced new capabilities for their educational programming app Swift Playgrounds.
Using the Swift intuitive programming language, students can now use the app to code using robots drones and musical instruments.
The tech giants have been working with leading device makers in the field to allow the app to communicate with each gadget via bluetooth.
Working with partners such as LEGO, Apple are hoping to offer children a comprehensive and accessible programming education. LEGO Education presidents Esben Stærk Jørgensen says they’re excited to add Swift compatibility to their products.
“We’re combining efforts with Apple to provide even more students around the world with the opportunity to learn how to code.
“We’re pairing the familiar LEGO bricks and our hands-on approach to playful learning found in LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 with Swift Playgrounds’ powerful learning platform so now anyone can program their LEGO MINDSTORMS creation with real Swift code.”
Apple software engineering VP Craig Federighi says children around the world are working alongside their teachers to learn programming through Swift Playgrounds.
“More than 1 million kids and adults from around the world are already using Swift Playgrounds to learn the fundamentals of coding with Swift in a fun and interactive way.
“Now they can instantly see the code they create and directly control their favourite robots, drones and instruments through Swift Playgrounds. It’s an incredibly exciting and powerful way to learn.”