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Swift Playground robotics programming

Apple’s updated Swift Playgrounds app will let kids code for robots and drones. “It combines coding with robotics in the physical world, which is something that’s very different from what we’ve been able to do before,” Cheryl Thomas, Apple vice president of software engineering operations

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Swift Playground robotics programming

The software teaches kids (and adults) how to code for iPhones and iPads. And starting June 5, it will work with third-party drones, robots and electronic musical instruments, too.

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Swift Playground robotics programming

“Education’s in our DNA,” said Susan Prescott, Apple vice president of product marketing for apps, markets and services. “Those aren’t just words to us. It’s really been important to us to figure out how technology can transform teaching and learning in the classroom.”

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Swift Playground robotics programming

With some quick programming that took less than an hour to compile, this little robot soon started starts dancing to Psy’s “Gangnam Style,” mimicking motions displayed on the iPad‘s screen.

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Swift Playground robotics programming

Companies working with Apple on Swift Playgrounds includes LEGO with its Mindstorms Education EV3 robots; Parrot’s Airborne and Rolling Spider drones; Skoogmusic’s Skoog tactile cube that lets kids create music with their hands; Sphero’s SPRK+ rolling ball robot; and Wonder Workshop’s Dash robot.

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Swift Playground robotics programming

One of Parrot’s Rolling Spider drones alongside an iPad running Swift Playground that will be used to make it fly.

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Swift Playground robotics programming

Apple’s updated Swift Playgrounds app will let kids code for robots and drones. 

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Swift Playground robotics programming

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Swift Playground robotics programming

Photo by: James Martin/CNET

Swift Playground robotics programming

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Swift Playground robotics programming

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