BUILD YOUR OWN COMPUTER: Solve puzzles in Raspberry Pi edition of Minecraft by building your own computer from start to finish and continuing to build power-ups within the game through physical controls, switches, buttons, & lights.
INCREASE CREATIVE CONFIDENCE: Research proves that kids who use Piper show growth in creative confidence around building electronics by 54%.
RASPBERRY PI EDITION OF MINECRAFT: Self contained computer running on Raspberry Pi 3 Project Board - 1GB RAM - 1.2Ghz Quad Core CPU + Wifi Capabilities
FOR KIDS AGES 7-13: The Piper Computer Kit is an exciting and educational gift to give this holiday season or any season!
HANDS ON PLAY: Learn about technology while having fun! Replace touch-screen, video-games, puzzles and apps with healthy, educational, hands-on construction and discovery.
TECH TOY OF THE YEAR 2018: With the Piper Computer Kit inspire your kids to become the inventors of tomorrow using step-by-step instructions to build, code, and program their very own computer!
We bought PIPER for our 8 year old son for Christmas. He finished putting it together and finished all the missions by February. We got it back out today and decided to try giving them a call to see what else we could do. To our surprise "Tommy" answered and talked to our son about what he had competed and now sending him a speaker in the mail so he can turn his PIPER into an Alexa! He also told our son if he completes this mission to call back and he'll give him another one! My son hates school and says he hates to learn. But he LOVES his PIPER and doesn't realize how much he is learning. Thank you PIPER for challenging my son!
Got our Piper today and its been a simply amazing experience for the kids. The 2 of them (8 and 6 year old) play way too many hours of minecraft (in my opinion) on a good day, but before now I've not managed to have them replicate the same level of interest with any of the several minecraft-based learning or modding tools we've tried.
The way they've taken to Piper on the other hand has been great to watch. I suppose the joy of putting together your own computer, and physically upgrading it on the go as you play through the minecraft levels helped create a special experience for them.
A really well thought-out product for kids! I have an 11 year old daughter who loves to play Minecraft and aspires to be an engineer someday. My main concern about this product was that she'd find the game play to be unsatisfying compared to the 'full' Minecraft version. The product does in fact come pre-loaded with the Pocket Edition of Minecraft (like what you'd install on a tablet) so it is not the same experience as the full version. But having said that, I'd have to say that the way they integrate their custom missions and content is extremely well-done and offsets the limitations of the PE version of Minecraft well enough.
Assembly was detailed, but again, well planned and documented with easy to follow 'blueprint' instructions. It took my daughter about 25 minutes to fully assemble the kit and power it up (with only a couple of snags along the way where she neglected something in the instructions and had to go back a step or 2 to fix the issue and then proceed). Once powered-up, the real fun begins with the on-screen tasks revealing limitations in the initial configuration (that the child quickly notices), but then provides solutions to these limitations as part of the game-play. My daughter was drawn-in immediately and spent hours working through various missions and gaining some insights into electronics and the basics of circuitry along the way. I highly recommend this product for kids that like to tinker!
From the moment we opened the box, my sons read a cool letter and glossy blue-print that immersed them in a great adventure, which starts with building the computer itself. They are 10-years old; so, needed a little bit of prompting from me here and there during the build, which was fine with me because I was having as much fun as them with the story-line and building. Because it was Minecraft based, there was plenty they could teach me too. The interaction made for a wonderful bonding experience that the we will never forget.
Once it was built, they were off...needing very little prompting from me to navigate the game. Their are little "how-to" clips that teach them to build add on tools for solving puzzles in the game. This is done in such a way as to continue the immersive experience by linking the virtual world with actual circuits and functions in the real world...truly something to experience. The kids could build the circuits and the tools on their own; so, they were feeling awesome accomplishing one puzzle after the other.
The various components in the kit are sturdy, well built and all have their own place in the computer box you build thanks to the imprinted graphics on the inside of the box. It seemed like every aspect of interacting with the kit was completely thought through...such that you could build the computer and navigate the game without any need to consult directions...totally intuitive.
The only challenge we ran into was how to charge the speaker, which it turns out didn't include the USB - mini USB cable necessary to do so. The company has solved this in future kits. For ours, Piper sent out the next generation speaker at no charge. Also, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to charge the power pack. It takes a while (like overnight) to get it fully charged up.
One note for Minecraft fans (or who have children that are Minecraft fans). There are plenty of new elements here, not the least of which is the virtual - real world connectivity and puzzles to solve. The puzzles build skills needed to navigate other aspects of the game. Also, the on-board software includes some cool worlds...like Hogwarts. The boys had fun exploring places they were familiar with from the Harry Potter books.
One of my sons wanted to offer his thoughts. Here is what he said: This is Julio and I got this piper as a gift fro my dad an mom. I love the product, but you should add more harder levels because I got all of the levels done in 5 days. You should have more piper bots in the game, but they should be all different colors, oh you should also make the players earn all the different piper bots through the levels. But over all I really liked the piper computer.