All the kids use computers. There’s a subset of these kids who might actually want to know HOW a computer works versus just “consuming” a laptop or other device. These kids are curious and need hands-on experience to nurture this spirit and guide them to science, engineering and design paths of study. When I saw this product it grabbed me visually, but it’s clearly so much more than a pretty keyboard.
Kano lets you build your own computer and code. Make something cool and beautiful. Feed the inner engineer (or designer!) For $100 your student can build/assemble their own computer (this is not completely geeking out, although it does come with raspberry pi). But once it’s done, they can continue to code, build, design and learn from their own projects and games.
Here’s what Kano says on their Kickstarter page.
“We often draw lines between things: art and science, code and design, STEM and the humanities. It makes “digital literacy” seem like brussels sprouts – good for you, but hard to chew.”
I think this product allows the lines to wave in and out and twist a little which is a great thing since I love brussels sprouts, the Big Bang Theory, and two daughters who will graduate from engineering colleges this year. Happy Thanksgiving!