Kickstarter start-up company Kano Computing who provide an innovative way for both young people and new comers to learn how to code have just announced that they will be shipping their first batch of hardware kits to campaign crowdfunders and customers who decided to pre-order.
Kano’s co-founder Alex Klein confirmed the news, “They are all in the wild, they are out of our hands. About 1,000 have arrived already — the early bird kits. And the rest, the general release, will be arriving [shortly].” That makes for a whopping 18,000 Kano hardware kits in the first release.
Kano’s mission is to make learning to code child’s play. The hardware kit contains a Raspberry Pi microcomputer pre-loaded with the Kano operating system which is designed specifically to take you step by step though the coding process without added complications. Inside you will also find a Bluetooth keyboard, speaker, connector cables, USB Wi-Fi adapter and more. Along with all of this you get a learner friendly set of paper instructions guiding you through the set-up process.
The first batch of Kano kits are shipping to 86 countries, most of which are heading toward individuals in the U.S. Some interest has also been shown from educational institutions such as Pearson who have ordered 500 kits for delivery to the U.K.’s new computing curriculum.
The crowning jewel which seems to have made Kano so successful thus far is the operating system they have made to sit on top of the Raspberry Pi. With all the traction that has been made in the campaign to teach kids how to code for future movement within the computing industry; Kano has provided a simple child friendly solution that has both helped to encourage educational computing and widened the conversation on the matter.
The Kano operating system is perfect for learning how to hack around code. It’s fun, bold, colourful and easy to understand, taking you step by step and breaking down any barriers or complexity that can be found in other learning methods. The OS also contains a Scratch like programming interface called Kano Blocks which eradicates the initial learning curve when starting to program by using graphical blocks to build code with the added option to switch between the actual code and a block view of the code.
Projects like Kano, Codecademy, Code.org and the Raspberry Pi are definitely taking a step into the right direction by knocking down all preconceptions of it being hard to learn how to code. Hopefully in the future we will start to see these learning techniques being used more in educational institutions to help boost the future of computing.
We will update you on any more news from the start-up company but in the meantime, here is a their original Kickstarter campaign video.