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Build Your First Real Computer

Piper is a computer kit for kids from 7 to 13 to learn engineering

What's inside Piper?

How it works

Disassembled Piper Computer Kit

BUILD a real computer from 100+ parts and an engineering diagram!

PiperUniverse Raspberry Pi with Circuit

LEARN to build and program electronics with immediate results!

Piper with Electronics

CREATE your next science project or invent a new smart home device!

Piper is a general use computer

You can surf the web, play games, learn coding and electronics and access powerful programs like Raspberry Pi Edition of Minecraft, Scratch, Mathematica, and SonicPi. Raspberry Pi Edition of Minecraft is an incredible 3D design platform that encourages kids to create. Scratch is one of the most popular beginner programming languages. Piper also comes with a browser to surf the internet and LibreOffice which is a powerful utility for making documents, presentations and spreadsheets.

The Best Way to Teach Engineering and Computer Science

Thousands of students have found Piper to be the most engaging way to learn about the most important topics in STEM. Aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core, our program is designed to help children build their creative confidence, as well as their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

Piper in the News

"I can’t think of a better way to provide kids with the necessary reminder that these ubiquitous screens are tools that humans created and not just parts of our everyday environment."

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"Piper has been available to consumers, but with the new product, PiperEDU will bring the experience to more children in schools."

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"Gamifying computer learning by leveraging… a computer game. Smart."

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"Piper's creators were hoping to build a more productive way for kids to play Minecraft at home. But at least at this school, it may have found a home right here in the classroom."

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"This will all be taken to another level with the introduction of PiperEDU, a kit that will allow students to play Minecraft, but not until they build their own computer, learning coding along the way."

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"I've been seriously impressed with this Piper set...The boys have learned lots, we've shared something great together, and it continues to teach them about coding and electronics."

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"Piper, founded in 2014, raised more than $280,000 from 1,375 backers on Kickstarter before launching the Piper Computer Kit on Amazon Launchpad and generating 5-star ratings from 97% of the Amazon customers who have reviewed the product so far."

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"A number of Kickstarter creators have developed creative new approaches to teaching Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Piper stands out among them. After 1,375 people got behind the Minecraft-inspired computer kit on Kickstarter, Piper now inspires thousands more young creators to build, explore, and tinker with technology."

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"Venture capitalists are betting that the winning horse in the race includes Minecraft, thanks to Piper, a kit that teaches students to assemble their own computer, start playing Minecraft and, in doing so, learn to code."

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"This is some next-level Minecraft action that the most hardcare fans in this world will be able to truly devour and appreciate. Just so long as they recognize that they're going to need to work for it."

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"For many, they had played regular Minecraft, and were fans, but modifying it by adding your own real gadgets was a novel concept, and excited them. Many kids had never built anything physical prior to Piper, and they got excited because it showed them that the in-game possibilities were endless."

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"Combining coding and Minecraft is genius. Great to see my kids turn into little nerds; maybe they can pay for my retirement some day."

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