All-in-One bundle teaches kids to program Parrot drones

August 09, 2017 // By Nick Flaherty
French drone developer Parrot has teamed up with a US game maker on a coding course for children.

Tynker is a San Francisco-based game-based platform that is teaching over 50 million kids how to code. Working with Parrot, it has launched all-in-one Parrot Mambo Code bundle.

This includes a Parrot Mambo minidrone and a six-month premium subscription to Tynker to teach children coding skills through play with drones. The minidrone comes complete with a mini-ball launcher, grabber, 50 plastic balls, USB cable, and battery; the Tynker subscription includes eight mobile (iPad) coding courses, 18 online coding courses, over 350 puzzle levels, more than 100 tutorials, and a virtual drone flight simulation course.

The Parrot Mambo minidrone is a lightweight, robust drone that embeds high precision sensors to guarantee stability with the simple and intuitive controls in the FreeFlight mini smartphone application. 

“We are committed to helping kids become makers and doers, teaching them how to code while encouraging them to see their code in action, or in this case ‘in flight,’” said Tynker co-founder and CTO, Srinivas Mandyam. “We’ve seen an overwhelming interest in drones among kids and parents and are excited to deepen our partnership with Parrot to unveil a comprehensive, out-of-the-box experience that inspires the next generation through game-based learning.”

Tynker’s drone coding lessons offer a straightforward, structured approach to get kids aged 7-14 ー even those with no prior experience ー flying drones in minutes. New pilots can practice their drone flying skills in a virtual environment before they are ready to execute the commands on a real drone. The curriculum includes 10 scaffolded lessons and introduces kids to safe and fun drone-flying, while also teaching programming concepts. Sample missions include programming a drone’s flight path from takeoff to landing, building a drone controller to pilot a drone in real time and integrating loops and variables to make geometric patterns.

“Drones and robotics will create jobs in the coming years, and it is important for people to understand this technology now. Today, we are giving kids and students access and experience with this