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Coding for Kids

This year, Manawatu District Libraries is providing access to introductory coding for kids through SwopBots.



SwopBots introduces young children to the world of computer science using stories and games. The SwopBots story features a brother a sister who use coding and engineering to overcome all kinds of problems. By featuring both male and female characters in leading roles, SwopBots aims to provide positive role models to boys and girls.

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Learn basic coding

SwopBots uses a familiar block based coding system. Simply drag blocks together to build code characters and other objects within the game.

Use code to solve puzzles

Coding is used to solve puzzles within the game. Actions such as opening doors, getting past obstacles and controling robots all require code to be used.

Fun gameplay

SwopBots combines traditional platform game elements with learning to code. Jump from platform to platform, collect crystals and avoid falling off the planet!

Inbuilt tutorials to guide children at their own pace

Whenever a new code block is collected, children are given a step by step tutorial to show them how to use that block.

Encourage Reading Skills


SwopBots is not only an educational game; it’s also a science fiction story for children aged 8+. Follow the adventures of Loop and Switch as they use coding and engineering skills to face the dangers lurking beneath the planet’s surface. Written to encourage critical thinking and problem solving skills with a strong emphasis on providing positive role models to both boys and girls.


We have two copies of the story at the library, or you can click here to download your own electronic version of the book by using your library card.