Grasshopper founder Laura Holmes tells EdSurge the app wants to make it possible for more adults to learn to code, because it's an "essential skill".
The free app for both iOS and Android is reportedly created to address three major factors adults said were keeping them from learning about computer science: time, access, and money. "We say, 'Here's the next one that fits well with what we've taught you, '" she says. "The student is given a challenge, and the user has to solve it using code, but it only takes a few taps to write out", Holmes says. A friendly grasshopper named Grace - named after computer industry pioneer Grace Hopper - encourages players along the way.
Of course, Google is far from the first company to game-ify code lessons, nor is it the first to make such programs available on smartphones. Google's intention is to develop adults with strong fundamental knowledge of basic codings through which it expects them to build upon citing the need of skilled people in mobile app developing, cloud computing and data engineering in recent times.
"We see Grasshopper as a launchpad to help introduce people to code".