calendar_today 19 April 2019
Kano is a ‘computer anyone can make’ aimed at 6-13 year olds. The London startup was founded by Alex and Saul Klein and Yonatan Raz-Fridman in 2012.
The Kano kit Kickstarter
launched in 2013 and raised $1.5m, welcoming donations from 86 countries.
I have received a generous donation
of four Kano Computer Kit Touch devices.
Kano computer kit
The kit includes a wireless keyboard, HD screen, battery, sound sensor and is powered by a Raspberry Pi.
An instruction manual
is provided so makers can assemble the laptop.
The Computer Kit Touch costs for £229.99
. The company also sell an interactive Harry Potter wand, a computer kit (without the screen), a pixel kit and a motion sensor kit.
Kano in Bangladesh
I first heard of Kano whilst researching how Micro:bits
are used around the world. I came across a British Council piece titled 'Creative computing in Bangladesh'
where students participated in a free coding workshop, using both Kano kits and micro:bits.
The workshops were part of the Libraries
Unlimited programme in Bangladesh, which seeks to improve 'information and knowledge'.
The survey indicated the 96% of children express interest in coding in the future, from a survey of 566 participants.
The workshops were successful and Libraries Unlimited will scale workshops to 64 district libraries by 2020.
Internet Connectivity Concerns
Kano state that users receive a 'better enhanced' experience when connected to the internet. I will test the device without internet connectivity in the event that the Wi-Fi connection is poor or blacks out.