Your kids can now do way more with a computer than just use it to do homework or play games — they can actually build their own computer and create their own games.
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A British start-up company has created the Kano — a DIY computer kit for kids ages six and up that requires absolutely no technical skills or complex tools. All that's needed is the desire to learn about technology and how it works. The kit supplies the rest.
The computer is built by putting together bits, boards, buttons, and cables. Once everything's in place, the computer comes to life, and kids can code art, hack games like Minecraft and Pong, build apps, data visuals, and animations, etc. Through step-by-step challenges, kids can increase their level of understanding and learn to code in a really fun way.
The project isn't just about teaching kids to code for the sake of coding, it's about using code and computational thinking as a creative tool in understanding the world around them.
Kano has five different coding kits to choose from, which you can find more about here. The computer kit is available to buy on the Kano website for $149.99, or you can get the exact same kit on Amazon for $129.99.