Kano Makes Coding “Lego Simple, Raspberry Pi Powerful”


KanoCodingKitAround this time last year, Raspberry Pi coding kit extraordinaire Kano was pummeling its $100,000 Kickstarter goal. After raising over $150,000 in just one day, Kano has been excited to release its coding toolkit for programming lovers everywhere. Fast forward to today? Kano has made itself such a success story that it has over $1,500,000 in the bank from supporters. So now it's time to learn all about the Kano Kit, which allows anyone to build their own computer and learn how to code for $150.

KanoCodingKit1Even more exciting? The computer we're talking about is the Raspberry Pi Model B microcomputer. Along with it comes a Kano keyboard (with touchpad), an 8GB SD card, a DIY speaker, HDMI and mini-USB cables, custom case mods and stencils for decorating,Wi-Fi, and Kano's very own OS (PCMag). At any age, users simply open the DIY kit, and start building. Once their computer is built and connected to a monitor, they can begin tackling six levels of Linux-based games to learn coding. Of course, there's always time to take a break and listen to music, or watch HD video as well.

KanoCodingKit2Rather than digital literacy seeming “like brussel sprouts-good for you, but hard to chew”, Kano says it designed its Kit “to be a bit like our favorite board games growing up; something that doesn't take itself too seriously”. I mean, it comes with stickers! How could you possibly be intimidated by a kit that says please put stickers all over me? Right when you open the box, everything feels like a big, engaging experiment. Also valuable is the software, which is there for you over the course of your very own programming journey. As you play games, which include Pong, Snake, and Minecraft, you learn code.

The Kano DIY Kit is portable enough to take with you to school, camp, and sleep overs. Bring it to a classroom and teach some classmates! Or say you're not a kid at all. If you're a 49-year-old interested in learning some code- don't forget that's perfectly okay. Plus, anywhere you can get hooked up to a monitor (or even HDMI-equipped TV), you can be ready to play your games and learn. Kano made sure anyone around the world could benefit from its kit, with English, Spanish, Arabic, and Mandarin books available as a start. Priced at $149.99, Kano Kits are available to the public via its website.

Topics: Technology News Gadgets & Peripherals Inventions & Innovations Mini / Nano PCs Raspberry Pi

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