Shhh… I didn’t tell you, right, but the Children’s Spy Agency (CSA) has a new coding product out, and its mission is to get kids into coding and computer science, as well as becoming critical thinkers.
The Children’s Spy Agency Gift Pack (for ages 7-11) is a spy adventure book and activity pack starring Asha Joshi, who is an 11-year-old coder and secret agent for the Children’s Spy Agency.
Agent Asha teaches kids how to go undercover (internet safety), design gadgets (computer programming), avoid data-hungry baddies (digital literacy), analyse intelligence (fake news) and more.
It’s a story-led, screen-free way into the KS1 and KS2 Computing Curriculum. The book shows how to crack codes and teaches coding basics, and is full of diverse role models and a certain amount of toilet humor.
The big idea is to get all kids prepared for a digital future: fake news, mass surveillance, really annoying siblings, and so on.
Author Sophie Deen worked at Code Club, alongside Google and the UK Department for Education, to help introduce the new coding curriculum in primary schools.
The Agent Asha Gift Pack from Bright Little Labs (creator of Detective Dot) contains everything you need to start a local CSA Unit:
Agent Asha: Mission Shark Bytes adventure storybook (published by Walker Books)Personalized invitation to the Children’s Spy Agency (CSA)Six STEM spy training activitiesSecret Agent wall mapCSA Secret Agent membership cardCSA gadget cardsOfficial CSA stickersAccess to the immersive online world of the CSA (iOS/Android app)
There’s also a new Ultimate Spy Coder Bundle (£34.99) that includes everything in the Agent Asha Gift Pack plus three CSA Training Manuals (Spy Identities, Spy Bases + Spy Communications – usually selling for £5.99 each).
All are printed and made sustainably by fairly paid workers.