TLogic: A tangible programming tool to help children solve problems

This paper is published in the 12th International Conference on E-Learning and Games (Edutainment 2018)
Author: Xiaozhou Deng, Danli Wang*, Qiao Jin

Tangible user interfaces (TUIs), have being proved useful for children’s programming, which could develop children’s computational thinking. In this paper, we described TLogic, a tangible programming tool for children aged 6-8. The tool contains two parts: tangible programming blocks and visual tasks with different difficulty levels. Results of user study show that the tool could reduce children’s cognitive load while solving the tasks with complex logic. Besides, children are more interested in challenging tasks than easy tasks, such as sequential structure problems. Furthermore, we found that the design of tangible programming tool’s visual task is important for children’s cognitive development.