Tynker, a game-based platform that teaches kids how to code, has teamed up with Parrot to create the Parrot Mambo Code bundle, offering a Parrot Mambo minidrone and a six-month premium subscription to Tynker.
The minidrone comes with a mini-ball launcher and grabber for aerial combat, 50 plastic balls, a USB cable, and a battery; the Tynker subscription includes eight mobile (iPad) coding courses, 18 online coding courses, over 350 puzzle levels, more than 100 tutorials, and a virtual drone flight simulation course.
Tynker says its drone coding lessons offer a straightforward, structured approach to get kids ages 7-14 flying drones in minutes. New pilots can practice their drone flying skills in a virtual environment before they are ready to execute the commands on a real drone.
Sample missions include programming a drone’s flight path from takeoff to landing; building a drone controller to pilot a drone in real time; programming flips, turns and other aerial stunts; integrating loops and variables to make geometric patterns; coding games such as Flappy Drone and drone racing; and taking aerial photos.
Parrot Mambo Code is available to consumers on the Parrot and Tynker websites for $149, representing a bundled savings of $66, the companies say. Tynker’s coding courses are already supported by eight additional Parrot Minidrones; those who own a compatible drone may purchase the Tynker Home Plan to add programmable capabilities. The launch of Parrot Mambo Code marks the first time consumers can purchase the two in tandem, the companies note.
“We are committed to helping kids become makers and doers, teaching them how to code while encouraging them to see their code in action or, in this case, in flight,” says Tynker’s co-founder and chief technology officer, Srinivas Mandyam. “We’ve seen an overwhelming interest in drones among kids and parents and are excited to deepen our partnership with Parrot to unveil a comprehensive, out-of-the-box experience that inspires the next generation through game-based learning.”
“Drones and robotics will create jobs in the coming years, and it is important for people to understand this technology now. Today, we are giving kids and students access and experience with this drone technology,” adds Jérôme Bouvard, head of Parrot Education. “We are very pleased with the collaboration with Tynker, which helps in raising overall drone knowledge; spreading the message that drones are super fun; and highlighting the useful, positive applications for drone technology.”