Today, we're excited to announce a partnership with Microsoft to launch a build-your-own Windows computer for creative learning: the Kano PC.
Designed for 21st-century education, the 11.6” touch-enabled, Intel Atom powered tablet/laptop takes you on a journey into computing, and comes with a suite of creative and coding tools, which the computer guides you through.
Out of the box, you follow a step-by-step storybook, to connect the parts, which are replaceable; you watch LEDs on the printed circuit board light up, you explore the labeled components with a magnifying glass, before attaching the transparent case back, and a full sized keyboard cover.
True to our DNA, the Kano PC provides tools to demystify technology, and to make almost anything. When it comes to life, a step-by-step journey begins onscreen. You start with the exclusive ‘How Computers Work’ experience, an app that lets you create emojis with binary code, tinker with touch and sound, and play with the processor and memory, learning exactly what your computer is doing when you tap keys, talk into the mic, or touch the screen.
The Kano PC also comes with:
- Make Art – Learn to code high-quality images in Coffeescript
- Kano App – Make almost anything, including magic effects and adventurous worlds, with simple steps and programming fundamentals
- Paint 3D – Make and share 3D models and send them out for printing
- Minecraft: Education Edition (i) – The award-winning creative game-based learning platform
- Microsoft Teams – To get new projects and content, and share your work
- Kano Projects – Personalized projects on coding and creativity delivered directly to your dashboard
Kano and Microsoft are supporting the PC’s content experience with hundreds of hours of curriculum, which lets anyone introduce computer science in the classroom in a simple and fun way.
Preloaded with Windows 10 in S mode, compatible with the powerful Office Suite, and replete with optimized software and parent/teacher dashboards - the Kano PC is a safe creative playground for both school and home.
The Kano PC also connects you to the free, online community, Kano World, where you can make, share, and play, in a safe space with hundreds of thousands of makers in 150 countries, who have posted more than a million real applications, and written over 70 million lines of code.
The Kano PC is available for pre-order now, for $299.99 USD / £299.99 GBP on Kano.me and coming soon to Microsoft Store.
Available for delivery through Kano.me, at Microsoft Store, and at selected education resellers and retailers in the United States, Canada, and the UK starting October 21st, 2019.
(i) The Kano PC comes preloaded with Minecraft: Education Edition and can be activated with the purchase of the applicable Microsoft 365 licenses or standalone Minecraft: Education Edition license.