I can still remember my first computer. We had a Commodore 64 and, whenever we wanted to play a game, we had to upload it via a cassette. Invariably it would crash and then we would have to start the whole process over again – meaning more waiting – but the pay-off when it did load was one of complete joy!
The first game I had was Ghostbusters. There was also BMX racers and Paperboy which I remember the most. I can recall leaving the shift lock on on the keyboard so that my brother would keep crashing the bike. He used to get very annoyed!
Of course, computers have come a long way since those days and so have children! Coding is now an important skill and once you have acquired it, it opens up more employment opportunities. With this being a factor, schools are now slowly intergrating this world into our children’s education but Kano have come along to speed up the process.
When I was approached by Kano and asked if Grace was interested in reviewing a computer, I knew that this was an opportunity too good to miss. Not only are they empowered within the world of coding but they actually understand the ins and outs of a computer by constructing it themselves.
Kano confirmed to me that they aim to do the following:
- It teaches hardware: put an actual computer together, just like LEGO, with the help of a fun story book that teaches you about all the different components!
- Teaches coding: code the whole interface and then pick out of hundreds of games available to learn how to code: from coding Minecraft to exploring mysteries kids can solve with code.
- Enhances problem solving skills: Homework that feels like play? Absolutely! Children pick up all the essential skills of a modern engineer, while having fun.
- Empowers creativity: A central aspect of Kano is its ability to empower kids and their imagination. It allows children to be creative with technology and to envision their own programs and apps.
- And needs minimal parent supervision! Because of Kano’s dedication to storytelling, there is no need for a tech savvy parent to be around. There are also extensive parent blocks on internet usage which allow for a safe experience.
So far in my experience, they are not wrong on any of these claims. But don’t just take my word for it – take a look at what Grace thinks:
I am 100% behind this very clever, innovative product. It will mean that Grace has a headstart with better understanding of computer technology and it will then widen her knowledge and employment prospects – and what parent doesn’t want that for their child?
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The Kano Computer costs £119.99 and can be ordered on their site with free delivery (expected delivery 1-2 working days)
Disclosure: We were sent a Kano Computer to construct and keep in return for this review, however, all words, images and opinions are our own and have not been influenced in any way.