Think of Kano as Raspberry Pi Lite.
It’s a kit that you can buy with or without a screen. The kit without the screen costs about $150 and you can plug it into a computer/TV screen via HDMI. The kit with screens costs about $300.
After the teens set up the Kano with the easy to follow instructions, they can code games; make their own Minecraft mods, and share games globally. It’s a computer so it also has internet access.
- It’s for grades 6+
- It’s easy for kids/teens to set up right out of the box.
- Kano requires minimal teaching from staff. All the games provide coding tutorials.
- The games use a simple drag and drop coding method.
- Our teens were entertained for 1.5 hours.
- It’s a great intro to Raspberry Pi because they are building a computer.
- There are lots of Youtube videos.
- It’s expensive.
- Although it claims it’s for 6+, I would say a coding savvy 8th grader would get board very quickly. If you have a lot of novices, Kano would keep middle and high schoolers entertained.