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ISTE 2017: Even Elementary Students Can Learn To Build Laptops

pi-top Is Not Only Teaching Kids Coding, and About Computers, But Teaching Them To Build Them As Well

pi-top-top ISTE 2017: Even Elementary Students Can Learn To Build Laptops

The days of going with mom or dad to Sears and buying a computer you had to “put together” are long gone. Laptops and all in ones are making the multi-part desktop nearly obsolete. Manufacturers like Dell and HP that still produce the lion’s share of the world’s desktop computers have made set up a three step breeze. But that’s not really “building” a computer anyway.

pi-top has created the world’s first do-it-yourself (DIY) Raspberry Pi powered laptop and desktop, the pi-top CEED.  It also run it’s own operating system, pi-topOS. From putting the boards together, to adding peripherals, sensors and more, students actually build the pi-dot laptop themselves, putting a whole new spin on the worlds of computer science, STEM and STEAM. Now students can dive deeper into the world of hardware, learning skills they can build upon for careers in the future.

pi-top-2 ISTE 2017: Even Elementary Students Can Learn To Build LaptopsWith tools like the Raspberry Pi and Kano, students have learned the power of computers and how to build them into other smart, functioning projects. pi-top has created an entirely new environment. The first part of the lesson is building the actual computer, learning along the way how all of the parts work together. It doesn’t stop there.  At the heart of pi-top and pi-topCEED is pi-topCODER an interface that allows users to access pi-top’s cloud based worksheet repository that’s filled with projects, coding ideas, instructions and many of Raspberry Pi’s resources.

With the pi-topOS and the resources available on the pi-top website and the pi-top community students will learn coding, sensors, programming, game design and more.

We’ve said it time and time again when talking about many STEM/STEAM related products, the days of going to your local Radio Shack or Ham Fest and buying the parts you need to make a computer at home are long gone. And let’s face it, most students these days don’t have the attention span to solder together transistors, resistors and memory chips. Gone are the days when teenagers like Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, can tinker in the garage all day long and whip up a functioning computer.

Speaking of Wozniak, he recently praised the pi-top saying; “I love what pi-top is doing and what pi-top is about”. pi-top is the future of STEM education. The company was recently named Edtech Startup Company of the Year at the 2017 BETT show.

Visit with pi-top to find out what pi-top, pi-topCEED and pi-topCODER are all about, or if you just like the way British people say, “”process” at ISTE 2017 in San Antonio, June 25th-28th, booth #1926 and online at

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