Three Raspberry Pi Powered Creative Learning Kits

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Raspberry Pi is currently one of the hottest devices to build your own creative IoTs, computers and learning kits. But one of the biggest selling points of these kits is the price. Cheap, open source and easy-to-learn, creative kits make it great fun with kids and family alike.

The popularity of Raspberry Pi has made it possible for many other startups to use it as the basis for their commercial products. MyCroft, is one such creative device that we reviewed earlier that builds an Alexa like AI assistant on top of a Pi.

Here we review three Raspberry Pi powered creative learning kits that could be perfect gift for a kid (at heart) this holiday season.

Kano Kits

Kano KitKano is well known for offering creative kits for kids. We reviewed them earlier when they were originally launched. And the latest kit is taking the idea the next level. Kano wants us to “actually” build a real laptop piece by piece off a Raspberry Pi.

The learning kit comes with an HD screen (10.1”), wireless keyboard (with mouse-pad built in) and other peripherals to really “assemble” our own laptop. The goal of Kano is to teach us how peripherals like speakers, USB, sensors and batteries can be assembled to seamlessly work together.

The kit comes with its own KanoOS operating system which is free and completely open source.

The Kano learning Kits are first and foremost meant for teaching and learning. Kano’s goal, is to get the other 99% of the world who are not tech savvy to love and interact with technology.

Kano Kits can be ordered from Amazon here. And also from Kano’s website.

Pi-TopCEED

Pi-TopCEEDThis is an ambitious, but really well executed, attempt at an affordable desktop. For US$99 one can get a desktop based on Raspberry Pi up and running in no time.

It comes with an HD 13.3” screen, a Raspberry Pi (encased in a housing). One can also add speakers and other peripherals. Though keyboard and mouse are not included in the basic kit.

It comes with Pi-TopOS, which is based on the popular open source Raspbian OS. So it is definitely a Debian distro Linux. However, the website does not specifically say it is also open source.

The Pi-TopCEED is targeting high school kids for learning how to code in Python. While Kano starts the kids off early when they are as young as six, TopCEED prefers to target older teens with its desktop.

One can order it from their Pi-Top website here.

FUZE

FUZE-Raspberry Pi ComputerThis learning kit is for the nostalgic geeks who first learned to code in 1980s using popular microcomputers like Commodore64, BBC Mircos and Sinclair Spectrums. The computer, though, appears straight out of the 1980s, is actually a modern incarnation powered by a Raspberry Pi.

It comes with a full-sized keyboard and mouse. But more importantly, there is a built in breadboard along with electronic components (LEDs, Switches, Light Sensor, Seven Segment LED, Wires) to learn how to build and program electronic circuits.

And oh, there is an additional accessory of a robotic arm that is highly recommended.

Another thing straight out of the 1980s is the Fuze BASIC programming language. Which might get some of us all giddy trying to learn to program in the very first programming language we wrote our code in.

It can be bought from Fuze website here.


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