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Kano – the DIY computer that teaches you to code

Kano in the box

I love DIY project kits! I love them even more when they encourage kids to learn more about electronics than just how to turn them on. The Kano computer is a DIY computer that’s designed to help children learn how to build and code.

We’ve seen build it yourself laptops but this is an actual computer, you’ll have to provide your own monitor. This computer runs on Raspberry Pi and you’re responsible for building every bit of this little machine. It does come with an open source OS and Wi-Fi. You can also print out new cases and apply stickers to it to make it all yours.

kano os

As soon as you’re done building this machine, it prompts you to start learning to use it through a variety for “games” that help you learn to code. It does this by providing you with familiar games that help you (or your child) learn simple coding techniques that will allow you to do more and more with your system. The Kano is $149.

Donyae’s love for technology is based on a need to survive our future robotic overlords. Know thy enemy as you know yourself. But since even odds are on the zombie future, she has also learned how to prepare squirrel. You can find her on Facebook until the robots – or zombies – rise up.

Donyae Coles – who has written posts on The Red Ferret Journal.


  • Stevie

    This looks great. A bit pricey maybe.

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