London – Kano is a colourful computer that you build yourself. Harnessing the power of Raspberry Pi, the world’s smallest motherboard, Kano makes coding easy and accessible for children.
Kano snaps together like Lego in as little as 107 seconds, and uses the processing power of Pi to code games such as the classic Snake. It has already exceeded its $100,000 (£62,000, €74,000) goal after only one day on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.
‘Digital literacy seem[s] like brussels sprouts – good for you, but hard to chew,’ reads the Kickstarter pitch. ‘It shouldn’t be so hard to get started – to make, play and experiment right out of the box.’
Giving children the capability to build their own computer and see how their handiwork can turn into a video game is more rewarding for them and their parents than plopping them in front of a television set. Generation I children are born in a technological era in which they are swiping iPad screens before they learn how to talk. Kano demonstrates the importance of teaching kids about the technology they interact with.