8 Online Games That Can Teach Kids Data Science Amid This Lockdown

8 Online Games That Can Teach Kids Data Science Amid This Lockdown

While the era of data science is here and it is believed that the more knowledge and experience one has with data and the earlier they learn it in their career, the better prepared they will be to get into such a complex field. And what can be earlier than learning data science during your childhood?

Data science is indeed a complicated subject to get a hold of, which is usually struggled by many professionals but video games and online games proved to be ‘chocolate-covered broccoli’ — an essential aspect in teaching kids a thing or two about data science. Studies have suggested that games can be one of the engaging ways to develop critical thinking, cognitive behaviour and motivational impact among kids. Not only can it teach AI/ML concepts and programming, but can also teach knowledge on mathematics, statistics and probability to kids.

In this article, we are going to share a few online games that can help in teaching kids data science amid this lockdown.

Also Read: What Can Video Games Teach About Data Science

Machine Learning for Kids

Source: IBM.org

About: Machine Learning for Kids is a no-cost activity kit with games and interactive projects by IBM, which can help in teaching kids to build simple machine learning models. This activity kit not only introduces kids to the principles and implications of machine learning and artificial intelligence but also allows students to play with data and seek answers from machines. The activity kit by IBM has around two dozen activities and games for kids of different age groups. To access this, users need to have a computer, internet access and IBM cloud account but doesn’t require any expertise in programming languages. 

Check out the activity kit here.

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Source: CodeCombat

About: CodeCombat is a role-playing strategy game which teaches programming and coding to kids in the most interactive and engaging way. An open-source community — Code Combat works with hundreds of players that contribute to the code and its features to enhance the game at each level. Although created to teach kids coding and programming language, this game has also gained attention from many adult professionals. Not only it teaches JavaScript and Python coding but also shares core Computer Science concepts to learners.

Check it out here.

Also Read: 5 Video Games That Got Banned And Why

Data Games

Source: Data Games

About: Data Games is a website with a collection of many games that are aimed towards engaging and helping students in developing core mathematical and statistical concepts. A project resulted from a collaboration between many researchers, Data Games, help the players understand data and eventually teach them coding skills for data analysis. Starting from Rock, Paper, Scissors, proximity games, predictability games to inference games, this platform can act as a good stop for kids to learn about data science amid lockdown.

Check out the website here.

Also Read: Top 5 Video Games To Improve Your Coding Skills


Source: CodinGame

About: CodinGame is a website, which with the help of online games allows learners to improve their coding skills by solving the world’s most challenging problems. Not only it helps learners and students to learn new concepts, but also get inspired by the best developers of the industry. With this online game, children can collaborate with their friends and schoolmates to play this multiplayer programming game. They can also win prizes along with some knowledge on data science and coding.

Check out the game here.

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Source: Checkio Ltd

About: CheckiO is a website for coding and programming games for kids and beginners where they can solve engaging programming challenges using Python and TypeScript. This can act as an extra tool for teaching kids the data science skills relevant to the current and future industry. This game claims to bring out coding from users organically as a skill which can later be enhanced in the fun games. Along with helping kids with their critical thinking ability, this coding game has also become engineers’ and coders’ hub for exchanging knowledge.

Check out the website here.

Also Read: 5 Resources For Kids To Learn Coding

Coding For Kids

Source: CodeMonkey

About: CodeMonkey is a website with fun-based educational games that can help kids learn coding and data science without any prior experience. Although they call it a coding course, it envelopes frame-based learning in an engaging and rewarding environment. Not only that, but CodeMonkey also comes with student solutions, automatic grading and curriculum management with detailed coding lessons to make kids expert in programming before actually getting into the field of data science.

Check out the website here.

Also Read: 10-Year-Old Indian-Origin Prodigy Launches Board Game To Teach AI Coding

CSS Diner

Source: CSS Diner

About: CSS Diner is a fun game to learn Cascading Style Sheets, which describes how the HTML elements are to be displayed on the screen. This game with 32 levels will teach kids the basics of CSS and data science workflow. With each level, the coding and programming increases and thus pushing the learners to apply their learning skills to win the game. 

Check out the game here.

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Ruby Warrior

Source: Bloc

About: Ruby Warrior is a perfect game for kids and learners to get their hands-on learning on Ruby. The game comes with many levels that can help learners to choose one according to their suitability and experience. The kids only need a computer with an internet connection along with Facebook login ID to connect to the game and learn to program. Though developed for kids to learn code, it is also for people who want to learn how to code along with a day job in hand.

Check out the game here.

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Sejuti Das
Sejuti currently works as Associate Editor at Analytics India Magazine (AIM). Reach out at sejuti.das@analyticsindiamag.com

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