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Piper Computer Kit

The computer that prepares kids for a lifetime of building technology.

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Piper Computer Kit

299 USD

Build a computer and then learn about electronics with Raspberry Pi edition of Minecraft.

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Piper Computer Kit

299 USD

Build a computer and then learn about electronics with Raspberry Pi edition of Minecraft.

Delivery TimeArrives in 7-10 business days
5 Star Reviews on Amazon

What do you learn with Piper?

As kids build Piper and progress through the games, they develop both technical skills and approaches that lead to inventive solutions.
Critical Thinking Building Electronics Problem Solving Coding Growth Mindset
The Piper experience

Piper is a perfect gift to inspire kids to invent with electronics and coding through the Raspberry Pi Edition of Minecraft

Used in School

Used in classrooms all over the world to inspire and engage kids with programming, design and engineering

Creativity + Computing

Piper will capture the attention of any kid who is looking for an outlet for their creative energy and answers to their curiousity about technology

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Product Specs

Wooden Box

  • 3.5” x 6.5” x 11” once assembled

  • 5mm thick pine wood

Screen

  • 7" LCD display

  • 800 x 480 screen resolution

Battery

  • Input: 5V/1A Output: DC5V/1A/2A

  • Capacity: 6000mAh

Mini-Stereo Speaker

  • 3.5mm jack

  • USB charging

  • High capacity battery

Raspberry Pi Computer

  • 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM

  • HDMI, USB, and AV jacks

  • Built-in Wi-Fi

SD Card

  • 8 pre-installed game levels

  • Free downloadable content

Building a computer is just the beginning

Your mission: save the world

Very quickly players are thrust into a world-saving mission: They play a damaged robot who needs some systems fixed. As the levels progress, players find in-game directions for how to add on to their hardware, with wiring, sensors and more. Instant feedback makes learning fun.

Piper Universe Funky Fungi Level

Featured level: Funky Fungi

Build an array of buttons and switches to navigate your way across giant mushrooms.

Buttons Buttons
Switches Switches
Parallel Circuitry Parallel Circuitry
Piper Universe Treasure Hunt Level

Featured level: Treasure Hunt

Build a LED light to help Piperbot locate lost treasure and learn about outputs.

Bread-boarding Bread-boarding
LED Light LED Light
Outputs Outputs
Piper Universe TNT Level

Featured level: Chain Reaction (TNT)

After installing a switch, Piperbot can now blow up blocks with TNT.

Switches Switches
Inputs Inputs
Buttons Buttons
Piper Universe Rainbow Bridge Level

Featured level: Rainbow Bridge

Build a buzzer to make it across a disappearing bridge.

Buzzer Buzzer
Sound Outputs Sound Outputs
Polarity Polarity

Based on Stanford research on how to teach any skill

Dr. Joel Sadler, Piper co-founder and CTO, created a thesis while at Stanford entitled Piper uses key points from that thesis, along with captivating storytelling, to facilitate learning.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What ages is Piper recommended for?

Piper is recommended for children ages 8-12.

 

Does Piper ship internationally?

Piper ships internationally, but there may be local duties and taxes applied depending on your country.

 

What language does Piper come with?

Currently, Piper ships in English with Mandarin and Japanese translations available. More translations are on the way and we are happy to provide our subtitles if you're interested in translating yourself.

 

Is everything included?

Yes, everything to run Piper is complete with your purchase, including the Raspberry Pi, the computer screen, and our PiperUniverse software!

 

How do I charge my battery?

The same cord you use to power on your Raspberry Pi can be used to charge your battery out of a USB port.

 

Where can I go if I have questions about my Piper?

You will most likely be able to find your answer in our community forums. If your question is specific to your order, please email our customer service.

 

How many hours of learning are there?

Assembling a Piper usually takes 1-2 hours. Completing all of the Piper hardware missions takes 8-10 hours. Exploring our creative mode can be enjoyed indefinitely!

 

Can my kids learn real programming and electronics concepts with Piper?

Yes! We have developed a Stanford endorsed curriculum which you can use to help your child fully understand the basics of electronics, programming, and computing. You can purchase the additional curriculum here.

 

Can I do more engineering projects with my Piper?

Absolutely. Each Piper comes pre-installed with NOOBS which is the Raspberry Pi operating system. There is an internet browser, a word processor, scratch programming, and more!

 

Will this product be too complex for my child?

Piper is not easy and it is not designed to be. Any child or adult will at times be challenged, confused, or even frustrated. What you will not be is bored. We believe iteration is an important part of the engineering process. Because Piper sees engagement unlike other products, we've found that young engineers do not give up like they would on other products, they double down, revisit the details and try again and that is what building with Piper is about.

 

Pied Piper?

Lots of people ask us if we named the company after the show “Silicon Valley.” No, we didn’t; we had the name before the show. :) The reason we call ourselves “Piper” is that we initially wanted to create a tool to demystify technology and we thought that teaching about the Internet would be a good place to start. To encapsulate this idea in our name, we thought of a plumbing analogy and how the Internet (and computers) are like a series of connected pipes. But we were surprised - kids told us they wanted to play more Minecraft and do less HTML and CSS. So we pivoted our direction to focus on a physical building combined with Minecraft: Pi Edition. But the name remained. :)

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