With Piper, teaching engineering and programming is easy. In no time, you'll have your students building a computer, creating electronics and learning computer programming skills.
Piper not only supports Common Core and NGSS standards, but also integrates
hands-on engineering skills into classroom curriculum.
As students progress through Piper curriculum, they'll learn the electronics and programming
skills to necessary to invent solutions to the problems that surround them.
Easily create a MakerSpace with Piper School. The School kit has everything needed to teach your classes all about hardware, electronics and programming. Perfect for a Maker Cart or Maker Lab.
"No matter how old, no matter what gender, the kids are engaged in Piper and the process of making... It's bringing engineering, math, science and technology all together."
- Ken Willers, Principal at School of the MadelineWatch full video
How many students do you recommend per Piper kit?
We recommend 1-3 students per Piper kit.
Where do we find the instructions?
You can use the blueprint included with the Piper kit to build the computer (box). Instructions for the game and diagrams for building electronic gadgets are all in the game!
How long does it take to build the Piper computer?
1 to 2 hours depending on the age of your makers.
Do my students need reliable internet to use Piper?
Currently, internet is only required to 1) download more levels and 2) update the software. After the units are updated and latest levels downloaded, students will not need to remain connected to the internet for the Piper experience.
What are some suggestions on teaching with Piper?
Your first two lessons will be building the Piper kits into a fully functional computer.
We recommend spending time up front talking about things that the students have made, and getting them ready for their task ahead. The Piper experience is challenging, prepare students to collaborate and take their time.
We encourage teachers not to give the answers but to help students to find the answers on their own. Once the Piper is built, have a class start on a chapter and work their way through. Some groups will finish sooner, have them help the students that are slower so everyone completes the chapter. At the end of the class have the students remove the jumper wires and place everything back in the Power Up box so it is ready for the next class.
What educational standards are addressed in this curriculum?
K-12 Computer Science
K-12CS Concepts: Computing Systems - Devices, Hardware & Software
K-12CS Crosscutting Concepts: Invention/Innovation, Patterns/Abstraction, Systems
K-12CS Practices: Fostering an Inclusive and Diverse Computing Culture, Collaborating, Communicating About Computing, Computational Thinking (Recognizing and Defining Computational Problems, Developing and Using Abstractions, Creating Computational Artifacts, Testing and Refining)
NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards)
NGSS Science and Engineering practices: Developing and using (electronic) models, Asking questions
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts: Patterns, Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation, Using mathematics and computational thinking, Systems and system models, Structure and function, Stability and change
NGSS ETS Disciplinary Core Ideas: Engineering, Technology and Applications of Science
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Students use digital tools to broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams locally and globally.