Kano – A Computer for Kids they build themselves!!

Kano

When I was invited to review Kano, a computer you make yourself I had to go back to them to see if it was suitable for Isaac who is almost 7.

Yes, he is the perfect age!” was the reply, so we agreed to review it.

What does Kano do?

  • It teaches hardware: put an actual computer together, just like LEGO, with the help of a fun story book that teaches you about all the different components!
  • Teaches coding: code the whole interface and then pick out of hundreds of games available to learn how to code: from coding Minecraft to exploring mysteries kids can solve with code.
  • Enhances problem solving skills: Homework that feels like play? Absolutely! Children pick up all the essential skills of a modern engineer, while having fun.
  • Empowers creativity: A central aspect of Kano is its ability to empower kids and their imagination. It allows children to be creative with technology and to envision their own programs and apps.
  • And needs minimal parent supervision! Because of Kano’s dedication to storytelling, there is no need for a tech savvy parent to be around. There are also extensive parent blocks on internet usage which allow for a safe experience.

Isaac could not wait to get started and Kian (14) was more than eager to lend his support too.

Kano

I actually thought it was going to be tricky to put together but the set comes with clear instructions in the form of a story book with large pictures that are easy to follow.

Kian enjoyed telling Isaac how each piece of equipment worked and it was lovely to see them really bond over something rather than bicker, which often happens when playing games or building Lego.

Kano

I was really surprised by how quickly they put the computer together and it was soon time to plug it into the television to see if it worked.

Kano

I was really impressed that it worked straight away and came up with a message thanking them for bringing it to life.  We input Isaac’s name and then played a little game to make the rabbit go into the rabbit hole.

Once this was done it was time to hook it up to the internet to Kano to download some updates which took about 10 minutes to come through.

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Downloads done it was time to start coding!

I turned my back leaving them to it to make a cup of tea and by the time I came back they had not only finished coding the game – Pong, but were playing it too.

Isaac was eager to get playing the next game and spotted Minecraft.  So far I have managed to keep him away from it, but with his older brothers both keen on the game it was only a matter of time until he wanted to try it too.

Kano

We have had the Kano a week and it is the first thing Isaac asks for when he gets home.  He is learning coding at school and this is really helping him embed his knowledge.  He has found something that he and his big brother have fun doing together and long may it continue, although I may moved it to the computer monitor rather than the TV as the rest of us don’t get a look in!

Priced at £119, it is much cheaper than a traditional PC or laptop with functionality that is all that children need!

In the kit:

The Raspberry Pi, Model B, is the lightweight, powerful brain behind thousands of Kano creations. Its system-on-a-chip packs an ARM 700MHz CPU and 512MB RAM.

StoryBook – Manuals are boring. Kano is a story. With illustrated ideas and simple steps, build a computer, make stuff, and explore a new world. Meet cool characters and level up.

Sound – Power up your personal computer with a speaker. Snap together the system, draw power from two secret ports (choose carefully).
Then – raise the roof.

Keyboard – Your magic wand. Type overhand or hold it game controller style.
Navigate nimbly with an integrated touchpad, and independent click buttons. Wireless, two ways – USB RF for your Kano, and Bluetooth for the World

SD Card – Pre-loaded with OS: Sandisk Ultra, 8GB, Class 10 micro SD card and SD card adapter.

Case – Transparent and easy-clipping, with cool customizations.
Build your own style, switch out case cards, print new covers.

Stickers – Decorate your kit, your house, your parents while they’re asleep.

Cables  -Connect a screen with HDMI, power up with mini-USB.
Ships with a global plug.

Wifi – Get connected with a dongle that configures seamlessly,
with simple setup.

You can order yours here and to find out more information, offers and giveaways follow them on twitter @TeamKano or like them on facebook.

12 thoughts on “Kano – A Computer for Kids they build themselves!!

  1. my little brother had one of these and they are ace! x
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  2. It’s sounds rather scary but having read this it doesn’t look as hard as it sounds.
    Looks like they had great fun
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  3. Emma says:

    I to really like the idea of this and think Dyl would be engaged with a task like this.

  4. Rachel says:

    What a fantastic idea this is, I wonder if my nephew would like it, he is 9 x
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  5. I really like the idea of this, Roo’s school aren’t learning coding yet but when they do I might think about getting her one of these.
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  6. This sounds simply super. My son is too little for it, but I would love to get it for him in a couple of years.
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  7. lisa prince says:

    woah this is something new and exciting and i know my boys would love this

  8. Louisa says:

    This looks amazing and the price is fantastic. I know for sure that my kids would adore this, they’d probably fight to get to try it out first!
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  9. Jaime Oliver says:

    I totally love this! … i so wish this had been around when Beth was smaller! .. although i am hanging my hopes on Joshua loving it now when he gets bigger 🙂
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  10. Mari says:

    At first sight the Kano scared the life out of me but having read your post it seems it might be do-able. I’m still not 100% convinced though.
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  11. what an amazing product. my son would love this, as would my husband (IT lover)
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  12. I think this is such a great product I’d love to give it a go with my youngest.
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