This has got to be one of the most empowering kickstarter projects I have seen in a while.

This has got to be one of the most empowering kickstarter projects I have seen in a while.

Makes me think that the “hour of code” next year might look a bit different.

What do you think, Jessica Raleigh?

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/alexklein/kano-a-computer-anyone-can-make

9 Comments

  1. My husband and I were geeking out over that just the other day! We have a Pi and Arduino but I’ve struggled with how I can use them as an integral part of instruction at the elementary grades. Some of the kids would love the open-ended nature of it, but most need a gateway toy even simpler than Lego Mindstorms. Then I found primo.io which I think really changes the game for younger kids, in addition to the play-i robots, which are great for schools because you can use the voice commands in primary, interface with Scratch and Blockly at upper elementary, and then progress to writing straight code for iOS or Android. 

    The challenge at first will be how cost prohibitive robotics kits are, but I think their prices will start to drop rapidly as more and more hit the market. Plus many teachers are gaining access through education grants and programs like One Thousand Robots http://goo.gl/x9Qmn6 The progression over the next few years of Hour of Code is going to be amazing for sure. 

  2. My husband and I were geeking out over that just the other day! We have a Pi and Arduino but I’ve struggled with how I can use them as an integral part of instruction at the elementary grades. Some of the kids would love the open-ended nature of it, but most need a gateway toy even simpler than Lego Mindstorms. Then I found primo.io which I think really changes the game for younger kids, in addition to the play-i robots, which are great for schools because you can use the voice commands in primary, interface with Scratch and Blockly at upper elementary, and then progress to writing straight code for iOS or Android. 

    The challenge at first will be how cost prohibitive robotics kits are, but I think their prices will start to drop rapidly as more and more hit the market. Plus many teachers are gaining access through education grants and programs like One Thousand Robots http://goo.gl/x9Qmn6 The progression over the next few years of Hour of Code is going to be amazing for sure. 

  3. My husband and I were geeking out over that just the other day! We have a Pi and Arduino but I’ve struggled with how I can use them as an integral part of instruction at the elementary grades. Some of the kids would love the open-ended nature of it, but most need a gateway toy even simpler than Lego Mindstorms. Then I found primo.io which I think really changes the game for younger kids, in addition to the play-i robots, which are great for schools because you can use the voice commands in primary, interface with Scratch and Blockly at upper elementary, and then progress to writing straight code for iOS or Android. 

    The challenge at first will be how cost prohibitive robotics kits are, but I think their prices will start to drop rapidly as more and more hit the market. Plus many teachers are gaining access through education grants and programs like One Thousand Robots http://goo.gl/x9Qmn6 The progression over the next few years of Hour of Code is going to be amazing for sure. 

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