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A Conversation With Kano Co-Founder Alex Klein At CES 2018

FETC 2018 Preview: Kano Is The Most Popular Computer Maker Kit For Kids

Back at TechCrunch Disrupt New York 2015 we learned that 3 questions kids answered helped kick off Kano.  Alex Klein was talking with TechCrunch’s Natasha Lomas about starting the company after a conversation with his six year old cousin. Klein went onto explain the three questions that are at the forefront of why Kano is even here:

  • Who here has seen the inside of a computer before?
  • Who can tell me how a computer thinks, how it’s brain works?
  • Who thinks they can make a computer themselves.

With over 82 million connected devices in the world it was alarming that the answer to these questions was typically no. Klein was ready to do something about it.

kano-top A Conversation With Kano Co-Founder Alex Klein At CES 2018Klein wanted to create a device that allowed children to answer all of those questions and in the process, taught them a thing or two about processes, putting things together and coding. After talking with thousands of elementary school students, since launching the company, Klein was more than prepared for his interview with our 10 year old edtech reporter Tatum F.

Kano sells a Lego like kit stocked with a Raspberry Pi board, connectors and sensors that make it easy for a kid as young as six years old, to build a computer with whats in the box, using the enclosed instruction book. Kids put together bits, boards, buttons and cables.

Once the Kano computer is put together kids can start coding. Kano’s internal coding curriculum allows kids to take step by step challenges that let them level up. With Kano they can type code, drag blocks, unlock programming powers, earn medals and more. Kano is designed to allow students of all ages the best experience possible. With that in mind, kids can code in Blockly, Python, Javascript Unix and more.

Check out Tatum’s interview with Kano above and for more information visit: kano.me

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debussy-ces-banner A Conversation With Kano Co-Founder Alex Klein At CES 2018

 

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