Doug learns to code like a toddler

– This is the Code-a-pillar
from Fisher-Price. This is an early learning tool
for kids age three to six, that kinda gets them
thinking about how to code. It’s definitely only fun
for kids age three to six. And not fun for adults age 36, maybe a year or two. It’s only fun for kids (disgust sound). Toys. (beeping noise) Okay, it’s fun for adults. The base package comes with
a motorized Code-a-pillar head and eight USB-connectable
coding modules, there are three straight
aways, two left turns, two right turns and a music module. The name of the game
is basically to connect the modules in the order
you’d like the Code-a-pillar to carry out the steps. So for instance, here I’ve
got two straight aways and the music module, a series of turns and then a final straight away. Drop it on the floor when you’re done. Don’t use it on the carpet. More on that in a moment. And then hit the power button
on the Code-a-pillar’s head. (beeping sounds) (music and sound effects) (clicking sounds) (music and boing boing sounds) That little clicking and
stuttering you heard, that’s from running it on the carpet. It gets real gummed up.
Don’t run it on the carpet. They say you’re not supposed
to use it on the carpet. Do not put it on the carpet. I gotta take this apart
with a screw driver now and clean it out. I’m not trying to hurt anybody, relax. Don’t run it on the carpet. Now the base package is 50 bucks, and there are a couple 15 dollar
expansion packs available. This one includes a
180 degree turn module, a 45 degree turn module and
a module that you can set to repeat the module in
front of it up to five times. So me being the Code-a-pillar king, I demand this Code-a-pillar
go forward twice, do a 180, do two additional
180s, come back toward me, and sing me a song. (sound effects) Alright, let’s speed this up. We don’t have all day. (music and sounds) Thank you Code-a-pillar. You may rest now. In retrospect, I could’ve
put the 45 degree turn on the end there so it
would’ve been facing closer to me as it came in, but you know, those
are the kind of regrets you gotta live with. So the Code-a-pillar. (sound effect) I like it for… Older kids, don’t use it on the carpets, as you saw, even after cleaning it out, it’s still sticking a little bit, so, you gotta live with it. Do not use it on the carpets. Good for the older age range of kids, three to six, I think closer to six. And a little expensive,
50 bucks to get in, and then 15 dollars per expansion packet and I think there are a
couple available now, so, you’re up around 80 bucks all in. So you better make sure your
kid’s gonna really play with it at 80 bucks, but fun toy and good to get the mind working as far
as how coding works. (upbeat piano music) I mean it’s not Pascal or anything. Is that still a… Pascal, do people still
use that coding language? I’m pretty sure they do.

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6 thoughts on “Doug learns to code like a toddler

  1. Hey I've been following this since alpha phase. Really glad it's come so far.
    wait you can't use it on the carpet? fuck this

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