Launch Pad

K–5 computer science education.

Prepare your K–5 classroom for lift-off with Launch Pad by Skill Struck.

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Launch Pad Overview

Helping teachers and students soar through elementary computer science education

Our library of auto-graded activities provides teachers with the freedom they need to focus on individual students.

Grade-level lesson plans give standards-driven classrooms a roadmap that is packed with activities and discussions to keep students on track for the next level (and includes "side-quests" for advanced students).

Launch Pad's key features

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SPRITE
PUZZLES
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AUTOGRADER
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GAMES
Sprite puzzles to help students get familiar with coding

Drag and drop puzzles can be a great way for students to get familiar with coding. These dynamic activities, where students can switch between block and syntax help build the computational thinking foundations, like algorithms, loops, and sequences.

Block-based to syntax coding for all learners

Blocks can get boring. Launch Pad allows students to switch between blocks and syntax and makes coding accessible by providing students with the opportunity to write, analyze, and debug code using our puzzles and code playground.

Autograder for teachers

Skill Struck challenges, lessons, and projects are automatically graded in real time. This allows students to receive immediate feedback and gives teachers more time to engage with students.

With the auto-grader as a guide, students and teachers can get immediate feedback without needing to be expert at coding themselves.

Games to keep students engaged

Engage students with various games, activities, and challenges to help master their computer science skills and have some fun while they learn!

Launch Pad (K-5)

Prepare your K-5 classrooms for lift-off with Launch Pad’s block-based to text-based coding, engaging games, and unplugged activities.

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Engage students in fun code activities

Students can engage in sprite puzzles to help them learn block-based to text-based coding.

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Play with drag and drop puzzles to help students get familiar with coding.
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Switch between block-based and syntax coding to help build computational thinking foundations, like algorithms, loops, and sequences.
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Swap between characters to make coding projects more personalized.
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Practice keys used in code

Students can practice using keys on the keyboard that are used in coding.

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Play a typing game to help get used to keys that are used for coding.
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Type as fast or as quickly as they want, to make it engaging and competitive.
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See where they are making mistakes in their typing and make corrections as needed.
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Streamline grading with a built-in autograder

Teachers can utilize the built-in autograder so they can spend less time grading and more time engaging with their students.

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Automatically grade challenges, lessons, and projects in real-time.
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Leverage the autograder so teachers can spend more time one on one with students, and less time grading code.
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Allow students to receive immediate feedback on challenges and assignments.
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Give every teacher the ability to teach computer science, regardless of experience.
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Increase equity in computer science

Students can use the speech-to-text feature to type out their code and change to Spanish curriculum.

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Allow every type of learner to participate in coding activities, regardless of computer or reading skill level.
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Turn on the speech-to-text option so younger learners can engage in coding exercises.
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Engage English Language Learners in coding using Spanish curriculum
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Teach coding concepts in unplugged activities

Teachers and students can use unplugged activities to learn simple coding concepts.

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Start engaging kids as young as Kindergarten in coding through unplugged activities.
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Teacher simple coding concepts off the screen.
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Prepare your students to learn more complex coding concepts by engaging them in a way they can understand.
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Engage students in fun code activities.

Students can engage in sprite puzzles to help them learn block-based to text-based coding.

Check mark
Play with drag and drop puzzles to help students get familiar with coding.
Check mark
Switch between block-based and syntax coding to help build computational thinking foundations, like algorithms, loops, and sequences.
Check mark
Swap between characters to make coding projects more personalized.
Illustration of a laptop displaying Launch Pad's fun coding activities.

Practice keys used in code.

Students can practice using keys on the keyboard that are used in coding.

Check mark
Play a typing game to help get used to keys that are used for coding.
Check mark
Type as fast or as quickly as they want, to make it engaging and competitive.
Check mark
See where they are making mistakes in their typing and make corrections as needed.
Illustration of a laptop displaying Launch Pad's keyboarding for coding feature.

Streamline grading with a built-in autograder.

Teachers can utilize the built-in autograder so they can spend less time grading and more time engaging with their students.

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Automatically grade challenges, lessons, and projects in real-time.
Check mark
Leverage the autograder so teachers can spend more time one on one with students, and less time grading code.
Check mark
Allow students to receive immediate feedback on challenges and assignments.
Check mark
Give every teacher the ability to teach computer science, regardless of previous experience.
Illustration of a laptop displaying Launch Pad's auto-grader feature.

Increase equity in computer science.

Students can use the speech-to-text feature to type out their code and change to Spanish curriculum.

Check mark
Allow every type of learner to participate in coding activities, regardless of computer or reading skill level.
Check mark
Turn on the speech-to-text option so younger learners can engage in coding exercises.
Check mark
Engage English Language Learners in coding using Spanish curriculum.
Illustration of a laptop displaying Launch Pad's Spanish interface.

Teach coding concepts in unplugged activities

Teachers and students can use unplugged activities to learn simple coding concepts.

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Start engaging kids as young as Kindergarten in coding through unplugged activities.
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Teach simple coding concepts off the screen.
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Prepare your students to learn more complex coding concepts by engaging them in a way they can understand.
Illustration of a laptop displaying Launch Pad's unplugged activities.
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Here's What Our Partners Say

For the teachers it's great, they can go back and see how students are progressing and it has auto-grading built in, so that is really effective because going back to read and grade multiple lines of code can take an extensive amount of time. It is helpful for the students as well to be able to auto-grade their own code because we want them to be self-guided learners.

Donna Woods
CTE Cyber Pathway Instructor, Moreno Valley USD
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The program and the people behind it are innovative, intelligent, and organized. The platform is very user-friendly and l have been able to guide my students easily through the curriculum.

Dillon Gilpin
High School CS Teacher, Duchesne County SD
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“Having a mapped out, structured way to learn and experience the computer science curriculum really freed up time for me to give students one-on-one attention.

Scott Couch
CS Teacher, Maeser Prep Academy
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Using the teacher portal has been super easy and seamless. Adding students, removing them, assigning them to different classes has been a breeze.

Erin Anderson
Director, Revel Academy
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Skill Struck Platforms

Launch Pad (K-5)

Prepare your K-5 classrooms for lift-off with Launch Pad’s block-based to text-based coding, engaging games, and unplugged activities.

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Platform Features

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Elementary Teaching and Learning Administrator

Murray City School District

Skill Struck is not only engaging for the students but it helps solve the issues of standard alignments for many administrators. It was the easiest implementation of a program.

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Director of Career and Technology

Morgan School District

At one point I found out one of my principals had been spending their own time building manual lessons for their teachers and I had to introduce them to Skill Struck. It’s been a lifesaver and has so much value.

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Teachers

Use the built-in autograder and pre-made lesson plans so you can spend more time one-on-one with your students.
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Fontana Unified School District

I love that besides the work of getting my students on the platform, I have been able to step aside and learn from my students and have them teach me about CS

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Scott Couch

CS Teacher, Maeser Prep Academy

Having a mapped out, structured way to learn and experience the Computer Science curriculum really freed up time for me to give students one on one attention. It also gave me more opportunities to give the students additional programming assignments to help them understand the concepts better.

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Students

Engage your students in computer science with challenges, puzzles, a code editor, group projects, and more.
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8th Grade Student

Moreno Valley USD

I have most liked that Skill Struck includes helpful videos in order to help us through the lesson. I also like that it has descriptive instructions and that we can use the site anytime even when we're not in school.

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3rd Grade Student

Murray School District

I can choose my own character to go on a puzzle adventure and when I get to the treasure, I like to celebrate and help my classmates figure it out.