I know that in today’s world, knowing about computers is SO important. With the rate at which technology is changing, educating my daughters on current trends, but also providing them with the skills to build this technology for themselves is something that I strive to do. To do this I have tried to start to teach them some basic coding skills, but I know there is more that I can do and Kano is a great gift that takes the questions out of this and makes learning coding fun for all ages.
You see Kano allows you to work together, or individually, build a computer. Yes, I said build a computer! It is not as hard as you might think. My daughter and I built our own computer using the screen kit and computer kit that Kano provides and we found that in less than 30 minutes we had a working computer.
While this was fun, the power in Kano though is what it does after you build your device. The interface and applications are built around the premise of teaching people how to code. Once our computer was built we started to explore the story mode of the Kano, and in this you can learn a lot about technology and how computers, sound, circuits and more work. There are also connections to other applications within the story mode and in these you are taught how to code in a step-by-step incremental way.
Kano is a London-based company that empowers people of all ages to make, learn and play with computing, with its system of kits and open coding platform. Its first “computer anyone can make” has shipped to 86 countries around the world to people, ages 6 to 81, who have used it to make PCs, screens, radios, artwork, music, games, Minecraft hacks and more. More than 19 million lines of code have been shared in its online community, Kano World, where anyone can try out Kano’s apps for free. Kano was founded by Alex Klein, Yonatan Raz-Fridman and Saul Klein and has raised $19 million in funding, from its initial record-breaking Kickstarter campaign to investors that include Jim Breyer, Marc Benioff, Martin Sorrell, Index Ventures, James Higa, Troy Carter and Shana Fisher, among others.
My daughter loves to make art through coding and after creating her masterpieces she is able to share them virtually for all users to see. The fun part of this is also that it challenges the user to not only follow their instructions to create the art, but also to experiment and change the art after they are done to see how slight changes in the code will change what they are creating. While my daughter may not be aware that she is learning, she definitely is, and I can tell that she is having a blast doing it too!
If this sounds like something that you or someone else that you care for would love, for the holidays, Kano is offering a special promotion on the Computer Kit for $124.99 (save $25), and a Computer Kit Bundle for $259.99 (save $40), available online at kano.me. Also available on Amazon LaunchPad and through Kano’s retail partners Toys “R” Us and Barnes and Noble for $149.99.
To learn more about Kano, please visit: http://kano.me.
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