With an increasing amount of STEM programming kits teaching children the basics of computer technology and coding, it was only a matter of time before one came along to that also teaches younglings how to also build a computer all on their own.

Enter the Kano PC—a DIY laptop kit designed by educational startup Kano in partnership with Microsoft, lets kids assemble their touchscreen computer before coding with it. 

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By using the included step-by-step instruction storybook or through the help of a teacher, kids can put together the computer’s battery pack, speaker system, keyboard, and printed circuit board (PCB). This process lets them get a feel for how grown-ups put together high-end PC rigs which let them run taxing programs (or play video games on the highest settings).

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Kids can access the laptop using the 11.6-inch display, which runs on Windows 10 S (a version of the stock Windows 10 OS which can only run apps purchased from the Microsoft Store). A few apps such as Microsoft Teams, Paint 3D, and even a study-focused version of Minecraft are already installed on the Kano PC.

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Simple coding programs are included in the PC as well. Utilizing cleverly disguised step-by-step lesson programs and reward systems, the apps teach basic Python, Javascript, and Terminal commands. Apart from the programming language, other apps let children create their drawings and paintings using tools which only respond to coding language. 

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The Kano PC is powered using a 1.44 GHz Intel Atom x5-Z8350 quad-core processor and features 4GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage space which can be upgraded via a microSD card. Like most basic laptops, it has two USB ports, a headphone jack, a microphone, one HDMI port, and Bluetooth and WiFi support.

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The educational DIY PC kit will launch on October 21 of this year for $299.99. Find out more on the lesson plans, specs, and maybe even pre-order one for your kids for a holiday gift over at Kano.


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