Frequently Asked Questions
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codeSpark is a learning game company dedicated to making programing fun for everyone! Our subscription based game, “codeSpark Academy with The Foos” is self–directed, addresses a broad range of learning styles and builds early confidence with programming and other critical 21st century thinking skills.
Founders Grant Hosford and Joe Shochet want to share the power of computer science with kids all around the world and have worked hard to make their games gender neutral. Grant’s daughters (6 and 8 years old) are the company’s CTOs – “Chief Testing Officers”.
Our core age target is 4-9 but kids from 5 to 18 and many, many adults have enjoyed playing it. Our game has no words so pre-readers and non-English speakers can enjoy it.
“codeSpark Academy with The Foos” is the expanded, subscription-based edition of the award-winning coding app “The Foos.” Starting in early September 2016, The Foos will become codeSpark Academy, and all current players must update their app in order to use the product.
codeSpark Academy with The Foos will have several exciting NEW features and will be updated regularly with new content every month:
– New Foos!
– More puzzles and games
– Game Kits
– Personalized Daily Activities
– Brand New Menu and Map
– Teacher Dashboard
– More tutorial videos
codeSpark Academy teaches kids age 4-9 the basics of computer science. Kids learn concepts such as:
– Conditional Statements
– Boolean logic & sorting
– Variables (coming soon)
Yes! We have unplugged activities and a 10-lesson curriculum available for download at thefoos.com in the “Resources” section.
If you were playing the game before September 28, 2016, you will have a free trial until November 1, 2016 and the option to subscribe for $3.99/mo or a $39.99 lifetime purchase.
If you downloaded the app after 9/28/16, you have a 7 day free trial after you agree to the $7.99/mo subscription. You will be charged once the trial expires.
If you’re a current Foo user, you’ll have a free trial of codeSpark Academy until 11/1/16. All other players will have a 7-day free trial once they purchase a subscription.
You can register up to three children on one codeSpark Academy account. You can register them after purchasing your subscription. Children can customize their avatars and usernames at any time. Multiple children can use codeSpark Academy at the same time, provided they are using different devices.
codeSpark Academy with The Foos is available on iOS and Android devices. Currently, Amazon Kindle and web users will not be able to access codeSpark Academy. We are in the process of making it available on those platforms as well.
codeSpark Academy with The Foos is not available on the web. We do have a “lite” version of the game with the first 24 puzzles available at thefoos.com/webgl.