“Coding is the new literacy”, so says everyone, and many parents are trying to give their children a head start in learning the language of the new age; but with all the learning tools and websites to choose from, it is not always clear where to begin. Are the coding programs kid-friendly? Can children exercise their own creativity? If you have similar concerns, then the Kano coding kits may be the right tool for you.
The Pixel Kit, the Camera Kit, and the Speaker Kit are Kano’s latest creations. As their names suggest, children can assemble and code their own 16×8 pixel art, 5 megapixel cameras, and speakers with these kits. In particular, Kano kits stand out from other similar products with how advanced the creations can be. With the new kits, children will not only create their own pixel art pieces, cameras, and speakers; with different attachments both included in the kits and sold separately, they can learn how to code their own pixel art into games, program their own camera filters, trigger the camera shutter with a clap, and build motion-sensing speakers.
Both the instruction booklets and the coding program are kid-friendly and easy to master. The step-by-step guide comes in storybook form, taking users from the basics to the more elaborate functions. The program, as Kano aptly describes, is like Lego. Simply drag and drop the building blocks with different coding functions together, and watch your pixel art/camera/music come to life.
Kano’s earlier projects, the Computer Kit and the Screen Kit, are widely acclaimed and adopted. They are used in 1000+ education programmes, and has won the praises of Bill Nye the Science Guy, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and many others. Parents with little experience in coding have found it easy to learn with their kids, and children have found pride and joy in creating something of their own.
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