Kano computers has raised $15 million to help turn kids into coders

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The ability to understand both how computers are put together and to code software is as critical to kids’ future success as learning to read and write, according to Alex Klein, a co-founder of Kano computers. That’s why the company has developed a computer that kids build themselves and then program. It’s half computer science, half toy.

« We want to make computing accessible to everyone, » said Klein, the chief product officer and co-founder at Kano. « We want to build the LEGOs of computers. »

The Kano is a $149 computer that uses a low-cost Raspberry Pi board as the brains of the machine and packages that with a keyboard, Wi-Fi, a speaker and other essentials, plus the open source Kano operating system. Although designed for children, it also appeals to a wide community of makers and hobbyists because it offers programs that let you building customized versions of the games Minecraft…

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