The goal of Project Bloks is to develop an open hardware platform that provides designers, developers and researchers everything they need to create tangible programming experiences for kids. One of the big things about teaching kids how to program is that they can express ideas that they wouldn’t be able to express otherwise. Young kids, you know, they learn by being social, by being collaborative, by playing with things, by exploring with their hands. Taking what’s natural to them and then adding a new skill, such as computing and programming, I think we’ll have the best of both worlds. I think if one moves away from the screen and keyboard coding it’s far easier for young people to work collaboratively and working collaboratively to solve problems is what happens out in the real world. There’s a long history of tangibles for programming, it starts in the 70’s with Seymour Papert at MIT, and then there are many others for example Tern and Topobo and Tangible Programming Bricks. One of the cool things about tangible programming is accessibility. You’ve got the little kids who can’t read and write yet but then you’ve also got students who have dyslexia who can access coding without having a thousand syntax errors. For the most part, the things that we produce in our group are platforms, so that developers can really innovate on the content and the applications. Project Bloks is a research project and our goal is to create an open hardware platform in which developers, makers and designers can create hands on programming experiences for kids. As a first step we’ve created a system for tangible programming and this system consists of 3 main components. The Brain Board, Base Boards and Pucks. The Base Board works by placing a Puck onto it and Pucks can be programmed with different instructions like turn on or off, move in a direction or increase amount. The board then simply reads that pucks instruction, the Brain Board provides power and connectivity and when you connect Base Boards to it it can read the instructions and send them to connected objects like a toy or a tablet. The boards can be rearranged in different ways and wrapped in different forms and materials to create all sorts of physical coding experiences. Like a Music Maker, where you use physical code to compose music and send it to a wireless speaker. Or a Sensor Lab, where you use physical code to experiment with sensors around you, like detecting a drop in temperature and then switching on a light. Or a Coding Kit, where you use physical code to control toys. Like getting a robot to draw a shape on a piece of paper. You are now enabling every maker out there to come up with their solution to what could be tangible computing, so suddenly as a teacher I’m excited because the whole world is going to be developing tools that I could potentially use in my classroom. The ultimate aim of Project Bloks is to give all the work we’ve done back to the education research and development community for free to accelerate the field of physical programming for kids.

Introducing Project Bloks
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100 thoughts on “Introducing Project Bloks

  • September 4, 2016 at 12:36 am
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    do you think that google demonetizes their own videos?

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  • September 12, 2016 at 10:10 am
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    What about ARA?

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  • September 12, 2016 at 10:12 am
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    1:18 Yeah! Am I the only child programmer who likes it when somebody else actually knows what syntax error means?

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  • September 14, 2016 at 8:37 am
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    plz introduce this India

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  • September 14, 2016 at 12:18 pm
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    all these are concepts these can never be mass available

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  • September 19, 2016 at 9:27 pm
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    isn't it just a google version of arduino?

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  • September 20, 2016 at 1:38 am
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    that's my style of coding

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  • September 20, 2016 at 1:43 am
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    interesting

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  • September 20, 2016 at 2:15 am
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    I

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  • September 20, 2016 at 2:48 am
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    Genial! Si Montesori y Palacios, la gran maestra italiana y el gran maestro rural argentino, vivieran en este tiempo lo implementan ya! Muchas gracias!

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  • September 20, 2016 at 12:33 pm
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    Devon ke dev episode 283

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  • September 20, 2016 at 10:25 pm
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    Nho nguoi. Yeu

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  • September 21, 2016 at 2:55 am
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    Wait so does this count as a very high level programming language?

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  • September 21, 2016 at 7:53 pm
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    Puzzle everywhere… 🙂 i like it

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  • September 21, 2016 at 11:30 pm
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    this is just the google version of lego mindstorm…

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  • September 22, 2016 at 1:03 am
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    Alright… Is it just me, or someone at Google got the idea from 'LittleBits', cause they've had this concept out on the market for a while now

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  • September 22, 2016 at 11:20 pm
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    aún estoy esperando phone blocks

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  • September 25, 2016 at 10:21 pm
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    I wish I could work at Google…

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  • September 29, 2016 at 5:45 am
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    People older than me know programming better bcz they grew up side by side with computers. People younger than me know programming better bcz of kid projects like this and new teaching methods. WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE!

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  • October 1, 2016 at 3:10 am
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    It annoys me so much that you make everything tailored for kids. You know, kids aren't the only people who want these kinds of things. Kids are so spoiled sometimes but other times they are just minor pieces of our lives that nobody cares about.

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  • October 1, 2016 at 3:12 am
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    They say it like keyboard programming is actually hard

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  • October 1, 2016 at 4:47 am
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    Where can I get it?

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  • October 1, 2016 at 2:45 pm
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    krisna

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  • October 1, 2016 at 2:45 pm
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    prem

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  • October 1, 2016 at 5:36 pm
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    just you watch imma make walking vocaloids

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  • October 2, 2016 at 5:10 am
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    is this a another April fool video

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  • October 2, 2016 at 7:42 am
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    This won't ever lift off…

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  • October 2, 2016 at 3:02 pm
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    I swear Google is trying to taking over the world

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  • October 4, 2016 at 11:51 pm
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    LittleBits ripoff

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  • October 5, 2016 at 3:22 pm
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    awsm

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  • October 5, 2016 at 7:43 pm
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    Ripping off little bits and in part Arduino… Good Job Google!

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  • October 7, 2016 at 2:33 pm
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    This translation guy have been really lazy…

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  • October 9, 2016 at 3:40 am
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    ga ngerti saya

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  • October 10, 2016 at 4:25 am
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    reintroducing Project ARA as Bloks
    Because we're out of ideas
    By Google

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  • October 10, 2016 at 1:50 pm
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    Exploring with their hands ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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  • October 11, 2016 at 12:50 pm
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    I'm 12 but I have no idea how to program or anything about programming. Can somebody teach me please btw my family is poor

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  • October 12, 2016 at 6:48 am
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    but wat about scratch

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  • October 13, 2016 at 2:12 am
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    Sabe-se lá como estas crianças entenderao essas aulas Qual o tipo de pensamento elas podem ter desse aprendizado Enquento isso um pais latino decide se depois de uma olimpiada deve desistir das aulas de esporte nas escolas…!!!???

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  • October 13, 2016 at 3:33 pm
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    I have dyslexia and even i have to try my best to achieve a thousand syntax errors. Just get a good code editor that you like and you will be on your way. Still nice concept of a product thou

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  • October 20, 2016 at 3:58 am
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    i heard they ditched this

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  • October 26, 2016 at 2:29 pm
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    இது மிகவும் பயனுடைய சாதனம்.

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  • November 16, 2016 at 8:47 pm
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    Anyone know how much is it?

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  • November 24, 2016 at 10:11 am
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AuRTS35ouTs

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  • November 29, 2016 at 8:41 am
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    I always with you everyday, but I still need more help from you, after I spend for 2 years with Google earth I know that I can knew every place it just like I been there, and I also found the new website from I learn Google earth, it's name Panoramio.
    Wow it is my favorite website that can share my pictures to everywhere on the world, but I feel so sad after I knew that Panoramio will be leave me alone forever, so I don't know how to do and how to share my picture anymore, because it is the gift from Google earth give it to me, and now it leave me alone, so I want to ask Google earth now    can you give me more best website to share my photo more ? or can you help me how to share my picture on Google earth or Google Map please I hope you know and help me, I love you Gooooooooooogllllllleeeeeeeeeee Eaaaaaarrrrrththththth.

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  • December 4, 2016 at 10:42 pm
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    Finally not an anooying ad that pops up everywhere.

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  • December 11, 2016 at 12:49 am
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    wow using a program to teach children thats spelled wrong

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  • December 13, 2016 at 4:25 pm
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    im twelve and I still love playing with mega blocks

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  • December 24, 2016 at 12:20 pm
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    Jalil

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  • December 26, 2016 at 2:00 pm
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    Umm, can't tell if this is a joke?

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  • December 27, 2016 at 6:08 am
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    continue a 〔Inside Google Translate〕

    始まりに、下衆をプログラマーと断定する理由の説明から入ります。
    この触りには、Google以外の実在する企業が登場します。その会社の人、すみません。
    それで被害例の1つであるその異常に陥ったのは、本気で、知らぬ間に。だ。
    そう変更したのかな?と思わせるぐらいに、予告&告知なく、Yahoo!ショッピングで貯めたTpointが、なんと!Yahoo!ショッピングでしか使えないのだ。
    “Tpoint貯まる使える”と宣伝するFamilyMartでの買い物で、ある日の事、ポイントあるから安値アイス♪と意気揚々とTcardを店員に提示しても「Tポイントはございませんよ?」と呆れられてしまった。
    その時は驚天動地級に慌てたが、今では、現在までの身に降り掛かる不具合が複数だか個人の下衆あってこそなんだと、したくもない納得ができている。

    下衆って本気で気色悪い。
    まさか自分なんかがストーキングされるなんて
      (こう思える理由は後日)
     思いもしなかった。
    それでも、せめてもの救いか。下衆は儂を愛しているから憑け回すのではなく、凌辱したいから、絶望させたいから、悪手を伸ばす。
    登録語を一夜にしてすべて消さないでいて、本人(儂)が、どうして消えてる?!と慌てふためく程度にネチネチ地道に少数の語ずつ消すのは、消された直後、防御策として変更していたパソコン起動用パスワード、これを破るのが楽しみだったと思えてしまう。
    原因不明の登録語消失。自分はその後に、幾度となく、何かの助けになるだろうとパスワードを変えていた。
    だが、これこそ、日常生活がマンネリで飽きたので刺激を求めたいが大それた事は憚られる体面保持に努める悶々精神プログラマーの術中で、こいつの暇潰しの助けにしかならなかったのだ。
      これも、言わずと知れて確証無き直感です。
    しかして、下衆がプログラマーだと疑う余地の無い、プログラマーであるから成せる業・嫌がらせが、あってしまうのです。

    この動画の子供達が、日本に居るとおぼしき下衆みたいにならない事を願います。

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  • January 5, 2017 at 3:21 am
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    The problem with ripping off LittleBits is that Google will throw a ton of cash at this project, bury a great little startup that is trying to do wonderful things, and then decide in two years that it doesn't feel like continuing the investment. They will throw the whole project out the window and then what do we have to show for it? No great little start-up, no "programing bloks" and a bunch of us with a pile of incompatable modular electronics and no tech support or community to collaborate with. Who looses… Everyone but Google. I know that the motto "Don't be evil" isn't a thing for you anymore, but shish Google you could at least try not to be aggressively be evil!

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  • January 12, 2017 at 1:58 am
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    they are copying scratch

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  • January 30, 2017 at 5:30 am
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    Google Please Fix My Password I didn't Change it

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  • February 7, 2017 at 7:35 pm
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    Google also uses SublimeText NICE

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  • February 9, 2017 at 3:10 am
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    We need to get Google to hack Putin's laptop.

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  • February 11, 2017 at 2:50 am
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    do you guys know about the project tango development tablet

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  • February 26, 2017 at 5:19 pm
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    Sub 2 me

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  • March 12, 2017 at 11:16 am
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    So, physical Blockly, cool.

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  • March 30, 2017 at 11:46 am
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    666k views……. seems legit

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  • March 30, 2017 at 6:21 pm
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    there is going to be that one guy who made a calculator with this

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  • March 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm
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    This vid has 666 thousand views .-.

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  • March 31, 2017 at 12:45 am
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    I came here at 666k views =/

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  • March 31, 2017 at 3:30 am
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    now dont tell me this is littlebits

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  • March 31, 2017 at 3:31 am
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    This has 666,666 views at the time of me watching

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  • March 31, 2017 at 11:16 am
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    littlebits ripoff confirmed

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  • March 31, 2017 at 1:15 pm
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    666k views :0

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  • March 31, 2017 at 3:47 pm
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    666K views

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  • April 1, 2017 at 2:53 am
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    Hold on a second – 666K VIEWS?

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  • April 2, 2017 at 6:08 am
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    Wow! This looks great and educational. Is it still a thing?

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  • April 2, 2017 at 10:14 pm
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    0:19 does that say bleach

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  • April 8, 2017 at 6:27 pm
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    Google was late littlebits are already a thing

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  • April 12, 2017 at 2:33 pm
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    basically,scratch irl?

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  • April 14, 2017 at 7:03 pm
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    Pra mim é proveito o inglês.

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  • May 21, 2017 at 2:47 pm
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    1:12 Those are the best kinds. Wish I was one of them.

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  • May 23, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    belayet576

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  • May 23, 2017 at 8:20 pm
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    belayet576

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  • June 2, 2017 at 12:27 pm
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    อยากได้ค่ะ

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  • June 29, 2017 at 2:05 pm
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    I'm trying to help out!

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  • July 27, 2017 at 3:10 am
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    How about project cloks

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  • August 25, 2017 at 3:44 am
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    Tubby thug y2K

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  • September 24, 2017 at 8:46 pm
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    Beautiful, beautful work!

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  • November 2, 2017 at 6:45 am
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    Super Program

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  • November 3, 2017 at 10:36 am
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    Truly commendable…great initiative towards kids and their brain development!

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  • November 3, 2017 at 7:32 pm
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    1:30 google using microsoft software on a computer made by one of their biggest enemies

    seems legit

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  • November 5, 2017 at 6:58 pm
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    Always something new to see in actions and usefulness in better human living conditions.

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  • December 3, 2017 at 11:05 pm
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    LittleBits…

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  • March 22, 2018 at 3:21 am
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    Tangible programming !!

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  • March 31, 2018 at 9:32 pm
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    there is a problem here. kids are stupid.

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  • April 10, 2018 at 6:59 pm
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    Can I ask a question here to google . What are you afraid of because when people post and if you don’t agree with them you try to shut them down I could see if they were talking about you but people are talking about how they feel about a certain topic why not hear what they have to say instead of doing away with there accounts .Thanks Terry

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  • May 4, 2018 at 10:03 pm
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    LITTLEBITS RIP-OFF

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  • May 15, 2018 at 6:30 am
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSXvNF1rj-I&list=PLg0iAf3KLcuAP2O0rnIButaBMHP7NNXBZ

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  • June 10, 2018 at 2:17 pm
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    Cosmo music

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  • June 16, 2018 at 5:48 pm
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    wow google is more than an internet browser

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  • July 26, 2018 at 2:41 pm
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    |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||
    We want project like this..

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  • August 15, 2018 at 11:30 am
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    good

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  • September 2, 2018 at 12:16 am
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    Scratch in a nutshell

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  • January 10, 2019 at 4:38 am
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    Buenas noches gracias
    Por compartir su gran labor por medio de google
    Gran asociación es hemosa su labor gracias

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  • July 23, 2019 at 8:23 am
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    Последняя моя остановка это. Жереновский и Алла Пугочовой ругались я там Жереновский оставила. Свои комментарии.

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