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ISTE 2018 Preview: What Are Your Students Doing With Kano

kano-iste2018-top ISTE 2018 Preview: What Are Your Students Doing With KanoKano Is The Most Popular DIY Computer Maker Kit For Kids

Everyone loves their niece, nephews and little cousins For some they’re the best kinds of kids, you get them at the good times and when they’re bad it’s right back to their parents they go. It’s not often that a little cousin inspires a phenomenon but that’s exactly what happened with Kano founder Alex Klein.

Klein was a journalist, writing for some of the biggest publications in the world. But one day he showed his little six year old cousin Mika a Raspberry Pi and with that Mika inspired Alex to create a computer that would be as fun to create as legos and specifically for kids. This was in 2013 and he hasn’t stopped listening to kids since.

Kano is a DIY kit that allows kids to create computers, build them up like legos and then use those computers for whatever they can imagine. They can create Minecraft mods, program robots, code or even write a letter. What kids love the most about Kano is that they themselves are building a computer and when it’s done, it’s their computer.

Fast forward five years and Kano has quickly become the standard in do it yourself computer kits for kids and is being used by millions of kids and students alike worldwide. Kano has created programmable, buildable peripherals with more sensors and even a camera that can be used to take programming and coding projects to the next level. With Kano, kids and students become makers, instantly.

Klein wanted to make sure that Kano answered three basic questions:

  • 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.

And that’s exactly what they did.

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.

Our 10 year old edtech reporter Tatum F has put together two Kano computers and even interviewed Alex at CES earlier this year.

You can check out Kano for yourself at ISTE 2018 in Chicago, June 24-28th, booth #2610 and online at kano.me

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