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Bitsbox coding projects for kids from Shark Tank: How do you subscribe?

The Basic Bitsbox, which costs from $18.95 per month depending on how long you sign up for
The Basic Bitsbox, which costs from $18.95 per month depending on how long you sign up for

This week on Shark Tank features something a little different — a monthly service called Bitsbox that teaches kids about coding. But how exactly does it work and how do you sign up?

Subscribe to their service and your child will receive a skill-appropriate Bitsbox (either a physical one, or one via email) every month.

In the boxes are multiple projects that children can choose to program. The end product is a fun app that will be ready to download on a multitude of devices.

Kids can then share the app with friends — and play things like games they create — when they are done.

Projects can be done with the child’s parents or by themselves. The Bitsbox is designed for ages ranging from 6-14 years old. Younger children are likely to choose the shorter projects, while older children can be challenged by the more complex projects.

However, this age range is a suggestion — there have been four-year-olds who are able to complete projects with one-on-one help from an adult. If your child can read well, they are ready for a Bitsbox.

In order to make it easier, Bitsbox runs inside a webpage, so all your child needs is a computer with a web browser. (Pro Tip: Google Chrome is Bitsbox’s favorite).

Bitsbox's Scott Lininger and Aidan Chopra during their presentation on Shark Tank
Bitsbox’s Scott Lininger and Aidan Chopra during their presentation on Shark Tank

While this product can work on a tablet, it is suggested to use something with a physical keyboard to make it easier to code.

How much does it cost? The site to complete the programs is free. The physical deluxe box is $45 per month if you sign up for the month-to-month subscription, and the price is slashed to $25 per month when you sign-up for a year long subscription.

If you don’t need the physical box, you can purchase the digital version for as low as $20 per month.

Not sure if this is for your child? There is a Sampler Box available for purchase with four beginning app projects and a few fun gadgets.

The Bitsbox is currently available for purchase on their website, where there’s lots more information about how it works!


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