The Kano computer kit makes programming fun for young children

Kano, an educational computer company that produces kits to teach people to code, has launched its first laptop designed to get kids excited about coding. While perhaps more accurately described as a computing kit than a laptop (the screen and keyboard are detached), the Kano “Computer Kit Complete” comes with everything needed to get kids started building their first computer.

Each box contains bright, color-coded parts, making it easy for children to identify all of the different elements and where they should go. The computer is powered by a Raspberry Pi 3 board, which runs a custom software called Kano OS that contains child-friendly games and programming activities, as well as apps like YouTube and WhatsApp. The kit also comes with an 8 GB memory card, a speaker that can be built from scratch and three USB ports.

Once the Kano computer has been built, kids will then be able to learn how to code software and make classic games like Pong and Snake, program their own music and even manipulate Minecraft. To keep kids interested in learning, Kano turns coding into a game in and of itself, awarding points and “leveling up” users as they progress through more advanced programming tutorials.

Kano’s Computer Kit Complete is available for purchase now through the company’s website and retails for $250.

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Kano, an educational computer company that produces kits to teach people to code, has launched its first laptop designed to get kids excited about coding. While perhaps more accurately described as a computing kit than a laptop (the screen and keyboard are detached), the Kano “Computer Kit Complete” comes with everything needed to get kids started building their first computer.

Each box contains bright, color-coded parts, making it easy for children to identify all of the different elements and where they should go. The computer is powered by a Raspberry Pi 3 board, which runs a custom software called Kano OS that contains child-friendly games and programming activities, as well as apps like YouTube and WhatsApp. The kit also comes with an 8 GB memory card, a speaker that can be built from scratch and three USB ports.