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It’s no secret kids love any touch screen the world can invent. But playing with these devices is far different from learning how they actually work.

Meet Kano, a super-successful project launched by a London, UK based start-up. The big idea: kids can learn how to build a computer, program code and have fun while doing it.

Powered by Raspberry Pi, the kit includes all the components needed to make a computer:

The Kano Computer Kit


Once the computer is built, it can be hooked up to a monitor.

Kano OS allows kids to reprogram games such as PONG and Minecraft — or the usual stuff like word processing and composing music. Let Natalie and Gabriella explain:

Kano creators Alex Klein, Yonatan Raz-Fridman and Saul Klein first consulted with Klein’s seven-year-old cousin, who told them the kit had to be as fun to put together as Lego — and easy enough to figure out on his own.

The team toured the world consulting kids in various countries to expand on their original idea. The whole kit was finally realized with industrial design help from the London creative agency MAP.

If you think this is a good idea, you are not alone. Kano smashed their original Kickstarter goal of $100,000 (which they raised in one day) and has to date raised over a million dollars to launch the project.

But if you’re thinking, ‘Christmas!’ well, you’d better make it an IOU. Expected delivery is January. 

 source: Wired

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