Smart Buddies

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About this app

The Smart Buddies™ coding solution features a diverse set of relatable characters, or buddies, on self-balancing, programmable scooters called Siggys that enable learners to better envision themselves working in STEM and coding. With a focus on storytelling, this coding solution leverages the Smart Buddies app, where students are first introduced to their buddies – different role models who have interests in science, engineering, and the arts. These characters address systemic and personal issues such as diversity, race, gender differences, and conflict resolution. Students are then exposed to the basics of block-based coding by controlling the movements of their characters on their Siggys. Exercises include problem-solving techniques that cover fundamental coding concepts such as sequences, loops, and events.

The Smart Buddies app is your one-stop shop to coding, collaborating, and conquering learning missions with the Smart Buddies solution. Go beyond the code by incorporating unique STEAM activities, career exploration, and integrated reading to your classroom.

Designed for learner progression, the app enables Smart Buddies beginners to explore the movement of their Siggy by using the remote control or draw path features in the app. This will enable young coders to experience instant success as they can pair their device and be up and running in fewer than 5 minutes. Intermediate coders can use the block-based coding palette to learn more advanced logic. They can also begin understanding the basics of text-based programming by selecting the Show Code option in the block-based palette.

Through the Smart Buddies program, more children can identify with STEM, be much more inspired to continue their coding and STEM education journey, and ultimately contribute to bringing much-needed diversity to the STEM workforce.


PROGRAMMING OPTIONS: Program your Smart Buddies Siggy in three ways with remote control, draw path, and block-based modes. Start with the basics and grow.

INTEGRATED TUTORIALS: 10 built-in tutorials give learners hints, tips, and tricks for creating effective block-based code.

MISSION CHALLENGES: Get a hot dog. Find bird specimens. Search for plants. Pick up tools. The series of four unique missions will put students’ coding prowess to the test.

E-BOOKS: Get to know each of the Smart Buddies characters with integrated e-books featuring reading level options for both primary (third grade) and intermediate (fifth grade). Each book features a series of discussion and reflection questions at the end.

EASY PAIRING: Simply open the app and pair your device with the license plate number found on your Siggy.

SANDBOX ENVIRONMENT: Test your code on-screen prior to running your Siggy in the classroom. In Sandbox mode, students can debug their code by watching a virtual simulation of their Siggy and character before they execute the code in real life! Students can perfect their code prior to putting it on display.

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IMPORTANT: This is not a stand-alone app but is used to program Smart Buddies hardware. Please visit to purchase your Smart Buddies.
Updated on
Jul 3, 2020

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