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26 July 2016

NEWS: Learn to code for free right now


Coding is now a part of the National Curriculum (here in the UK, at least), so getting your kids something for them to practice their programming skills on at home is a great idea. However, a lot of coding kits designed for kids require you to buy a new computer (such as the Kano), but FUZE have now released their version of the BASIC coding system as a free download for Windows computers.

FUZE, who also make a Raspberry Pi-based coding computer (which we reviewed here) have used the BASIC system for a number of years, as they believe it is a far better programme for getting kids ready to work with the likes of the more complex language of Python. Going from a coding programme like Scratch to Python is like, as Jon Silvera, MD of FUZE Technologies, says, "taking a young child who was happily playing in the shallow end of a pool, taking off their armbands, and throwing them into the deep end with no support".

FUZE BASIC is available as a completely free, no-strings attached, download right now for Windows (Vista and upwards), Linux, and even an Android version set for release in the Autumn. Find out more and get your download at

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