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Piper Computer Kit | Educational Computer that Teaches STEM and Coding

4.6 out of 5 stars 198 customer reviews
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About the product
  • Hand-crafted wooden computer case with lcd screen monitor
  • Raspberry Pi Edition of Minecraft adventure play with hardware components and challenges
  • Wifi enabled gameplay for extra levels and sharing capabilities
  • Electronic gadgets including led lights, motion sensors, buzzers, buttons and switches
  • Self-contained computer running on a raspberry pi 3 project board - 1gb ram - 1.2Ghz quad-core CPU

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Product Description

Today's kids grow up with "black box" phones, computers and gadgets that come in beautiful packages, but leave no room for tinkering or understanding how they work. At Piper, we believe it is critical to understand how technology works in order to make sense of our environment and invent the future.

The Piper Computer Kit comes with everything you need to assemble your own computer. Inside, you will also find our revolutionary learning system that teaches kids engineering and programming through a combination of engaging storyline, physical building, and Raspberry Pi Edition of Minecraft.

The kit contains:
● Beautiful, hand­crafted wooden computer case with HD LCD display
● Fully functioning computer running on a Raspberry Pi 3 Project Board. 1GB RAM. 1200 MHz Quad­Core CPU
● Electronic gadgets including LED lights, buzzers, buttons, switches, sensors and more
● Cables to connect the screen, Pi and 6600 mAh powerbank together
● 8 square foot laminated blueprint explaining how to assemble your Piper Computer
● USB mouse with a retractable cable
● An 8GB SD card that holds your game progress and keeps your creations safe
● Custom Raspberry Pi Edition of Minecraft adventure that you experience by building and programming electronic modules
● Wifi enabled, new downloadable levels, and sharing capabilities
● Free automatic level updates
● It even comes with a Piper Screwdriver!

From the Manufacturer


Perfect for Ages 8-13



Piper is designed to grow with your child.
While kids from 8 to 9 enjoy the assembly of the components and building in Raspberry Pi Edition of Minecraft, children from 9 to 13 love programming new gadgets and levels.

Regardless of your experience, we've created something that you can pick up and start inventing right away!

Endorsed by the world’s greatest Inventors.



The Piper Computer Kit was Inspired by the hackers and makers who invented the first computers and has been endorsed by Steve Wozniak.

Steve said “I love Piper because it represents what enabled me to do all the great technology things in my life”


CRAFT


Your budding inventor can assemble the 50+ puzzle-like pieces to make a beautiful wood case and power-up boxes. The kit comes with full scale blueprint instructions. Assembling your first computer is challenging and fun, so teamwork and cooperation is encouraged!

CODE


Each kit comes with the Piper learning system that teaches kids engineering and programming through a combination of engaging storyline, physical building, and Raspberry Pi Edition of Minecraft challenges. The increasingly challenging levels help teach new electronics and programming concepts step by step.

CREATE


Through Piper you can assemble complex electronic circuits and make programmable modules that interact with your modules that interact with your Raspberry Pi Edition of Minecraft world. You can build real, physical electronics such as buttons, switches, LED lights, sensors, buzzers and more to design your own Minecraft dashboard which allows you to better control your character in the game.


Piper’s mission is to empower the inventors of tomorrow
by giving them the tools to build creatively today.

When we were young, we were encouraged to ask questions and challenge assumptions. This led us to pursue world-changing ideas and desire to make the world a better place than we left it. We believe it’s important to encourage kids’ curiosity from a young age. We are creating products that inspire kids to see the world as malleable rather than static; to see technology as pieces and parts brought together by a higher vision rather than magical devices handed down from above. We believe that with the right tools and inspiration, anyone can become a creator.

We are making the tools to inspire the inventors of tomorrow.
What will you create?


About the Startup

Describe your product in 3 words.

Empowering future inventors!

How did you come up with the idea for this product?

Several years ago, our team united around a common goal of creating products to make the world a better place. To do this at scale, we had to teach ourselves programming, electronics, and many other skills. These experiences taught us that learning the actual concepts is not difficult. Building a circuit or writing a line of JavaScript is not that difficult in itself. The difficulty comes from feeling intimidated by the task and from the perception of technology being too complex to master. The problem is actually an internal one.
This is especially true for kids who are given iPads, computers, and phones to consume from a young age: they never see how technology actually works. Kids believe that technology works by magic, and later in life, when the opportunity to learn or build something tech-related comes up, they feel intimidated.

With LEGO and Minecraft on the other hand, you can get started right away. It’s easy. This ease leads to confidence, which in turn leads to incredible creations. We wanted Piper to be the tool that allowed kids to create with code and electronics as simply as they place LEGO bricks or craft a diamond helmet in Minecraft.

We created Piper to inspire the next generation of inventors and creators.

What makes your product special?

The Piper experience starts with assembling your wooden components into a computer case, which serves as your exploration base for crafting unique electronic modules into real, working gadgets. Piper gives you the ability to create with the latest, most advanced electronics components and concepts right out of the box.

All Piper Computers come equipped with PiperUniverse, a revolutionary teaching system designed by Princeton and Stanford scientists to use the power of Raspberry Pi Edition of Minecraft to teach programming, engineering, electronics, and critical thinking.

What has been the best part of your startup experience?

Every single day, there are thousands of kids all over the world who change their perception of their abilities and what they believe they are capable of by building with Piper.

Seeing the difference we make in the lives of these kids is both exhilarating and humbling.


Product information

Technical Details
BrandPiper
Item Weight4.5 pounds
Product Dimensions15.5 x 10.5 x 3 inches
Item model number748252130792
UPC862904000315 748252130792
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
StyleFirst Edition
MaterialWood, lithium ion rechargeable battery
Item Package Quantity1
Batteries Included?Yes
Batteries Required?No
Cover IncludedWooden Case, Raspberry Pi 3, LCD Screen, Battery, Speaker, electronic components"
UsageInteractive Electronics
Warranty DescriptionOne Year Manufacturer Warranty
  
Technical Specification
Additional Information
ASINB016HLFW44
Customer Reviews 4.6 out of 5 stars 198 customer reviews
Best Sellers Rank #1,191 in Amazon Launchpad (See top 100)
Shipping Weight5.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
International Shipping This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
Manufacturer recommended age:7 - 13 years
Date First AvailableNovember 12, 2015
  
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