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3D Printing with Piper

Posted by Mihran Vardanyan on

3D Printing with Piper

The following guide will show you have to create an .obj file of your creations and transfer it to a USB flash drive for printing on your 3D printer.  Don’t own a 3D printer?  No problem, you can use services like Shapeways or MakeXYZ to print and deliver your creations to your address.    On the Galaxy Map, create a new planet or open an existing planet in creative mode. Click the middle mouse button to pull up the HUD menu, then click the yellow star button to open the power ups menu. In order to access the power ups menu, you'll need to have completed story mode.  Select the...

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FastCompany Features Piper for Revolutionizing the Way Kids Approach Technology

Posted by Kevin Elgan on

FastCompany Features Piper for Revolutionizing the Way Kids Approach Technology

Piper was recently featured by Backslash and FastCompany as one of the standout companies at #CES2017 that are impacting students and the way that they approach technology. 

Check out the full-length video feature:
https://www.fastcocreate.com/3067538/insider-insight/heres-what-apples-ad-agency-learned-at-ces-about-kids-and-the-future-of-tech

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Piper for the Holidays!

Posted by Chris Bouman on

Piper for the Holidays!

  ‘Tis the season for gathering family and friends and being thankful. Here at Piper we are thankful for many things, most importantly all the support we have received from our customers and partners that have helped us along the way! Piper is now 11 people strong, and from us to you, Happy Holidays! It’s amazing to see how far we have come. Last year Piper had not shipped a single unit and had many Kickstarter backers anxiously awaiting their Piper kit to arrive. A year later, Piper is a community of kids, parents, educators and now even retailers who...

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How to Bridge Academics and Invention in Elementary Education - Guest Post by Lisa Zapalac

Posted by Kevin Elgan on

How to Bridge Academics and Invention in Elementary Education - Guest Post by Lisa Zapalac

This is a guest post by Lisa Zapalac, co-founder of the Long-View Micro School in Austin, Texas. Long-view Micro School is reimagining the education experience by connecting academic goals with hands-on project-based learning. Their goal is to be forward thinking, to empower children with the academic knowledge and long term transferrable technology skills to ensure they are best prepared to handle future endeavors. Long-View's recent "Build Week" presented students with the challenge of building and programming a fully-functional computer using Piper. Along the way, students developed growth mindsets to take on challenges themselves, the grit to work through frustrations and the...

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Student creators, not just consumers!

Posted by Suzette Duncan on

Student creators, not just consumers!

A few years ago, I read and then listened to a report on NPR's Marketplace about the challenges connected with using tech in the classroom. Over the past couple of years, I've come back to this report repeatedly as I think about the reasons to use computers in my classroom. I have the hope that they will change how I teach, and more importantly that they will change what my students do in order to learn. One great hope I have is that my students will use computers as tools for their own creativity. In fact, this year I introduced...

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