The PC building crowd is about getting younger. Kano, a maker of STEM toys like the Harry Potter wand that teaches the code, today announced that it is partnered with Microsoft on Kano PC and a laptop that kids assemble themselves. It is part of a combined effort to introduce students to various aspects of computer science. If that's not enough fun, the DIY laptop comes with Minecraft: Education Edition software for free.
Kano PC obviously will not require a bunch of students to handle thermal paste, solder and other ins-and-outs of putting together a laptop. Instead, the device features instructions with colorful pictures breaking down each step of the assembly process. Each component is labeled, and thanks to a transparent case, visible even after the Kano PC is put together.
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only educational aspect of the Kano PC. Kano PC also features a "How Computers Work" app that lets you create emojis with binary code, tinker with touch and sound and play with the processor and memory, learning exactly what your computer is doing when you tap the keys, talk into the mic , or touch the screen. "
] Kano said that it is partnered with Microsoft to offer "hundreds of hours of curriculum, which enables anyone to introduce computer science in the classroom in a simple and fun way" through Kano PC. It also provides access to the Kano World platform, which houses over 1 million apps posted by hundreds of thousands of makers from around the world. Products meant to help children understand the technology around them are becoming more common. Understanding technology is no longer optional, and technical literacy will probably only become more important. Maybe we're biased as enthusiasts, but from our perspective, it's hard to argue against teaching how computers work. STEM education is a worthwhile objective for companies like Kano, Microsoft and maybe even DJI
Kano PC is available for pre-order now from Kano's website and Microsoft Store for $ 300. The STEM PC will also be a part of the educational resellers and select retailers in the US, Canada and UK starting October 21.
Introducing the Kano PC
Photo Credits: Kano