About

Today's kids grow up with "black box" phones, computers and gadgets that come in beautiful packages, but leave no room for tinkering or understanding how they work. At Piper we believe it is critical to understand how technology works in order to make sense of our environment and invent the future. 

Today, thousands of kids are playing and building with Piper, cumulatively creating hundreds of thousands of gadgets and devices!

What's Inside?
The Piper Computer Kit comes with everything you need to assemble your own computer. Inside, you will also find PiperCraft, our revolutionary learning system that teaches kids engineering and programming through a combination of engaging storyline, physical building, and Minecraft gameplay. 


The kit contains:
●  Beautiful, hand­crafted wooden computer case with HD LCD display
●  Fully functioning computer running on a Raspberry Pi 3 Project Board. 1GB RAM. 1200 MHz Quad­Core CPU
●  Electronic gadgets including LED lights, buzzers, buttons, switches, sensors and more
●  Cables to connect the screen, Pi and 6600 mAh powerbank together
●  8 square foot laminated blueprint explaining how to assemble your Piper Computer
●  USB mouse with a retractable cable
●  An 8GB SD card that holds your game progress and keeps your creations safe
●  PiperCraft: A Minecraft story mode adventure that you play by building and programming electronic modules
●  Wifi enabled gameplay for multiplayer, new downloadable levels, and sharing capabilities
●  Free automatic level updates
●  It even comes with a Piper Screwdriver!

Piper is for Everyone!

We’ve spent over a year building and testing Piper to make it simple
enough for anyone as young as 5 and as old as 75 to play! We find that Minecraft lovers between 6 and 12 especially dig it!
 
Regardless of your experience with Minecraft or physical engineering, we've
created something that you can pick up and start playing right away!

Piper is based on 3 principles:
1.Learning should be indistinguishable from playing a game 
2. Hands­-on building is critical for engagement and understanding
3. Anyone, of any age, can begin to create


Endorsed by the world’s greatest Inventors

The Piper Computer Kit was Inspired by the hackers and makers who invented the first computers, and has been endorsed by Steve Wozniak. Steve said “I love Piper because it represents what enabled me to do all the great technology things in my life”

Describe your product in three words. 
Empowering future inventors!

How did you come up with the idea for this product? 

Several years ago, our team united around a common goal of creating products to make the world a better place. To do this at scale, we had to teach ourselves programming, electronics and many other skills. These experiences taught us that learning the actual concepts is not difficult. Building a circuit or writing a line of JavaScript is not that difficult in itself. The difficulty comes from feeling intimidated by the task and from the perception of technology being too complex to master. The problem is actually an internal one. 

This is especially true for kids who are given iPads, computers and phones to consume from a young age: they never see how technology actually works. Kids believe that technology works by magic, and later in life, when the opportunity to learn or build something tech-related comes up, they feel intimidated. 

With LEGO and Minecraft on the other hard, you can get started right away. It’s easy. This ease leads to confidence, which in turn leads to incredible creations. We wanted Piper to be the tool that allowed kids to create with code and electronics as simply as they place LEGO bricks or craft a diamond helmet in Minecraft. 

We created Piper to inspire the next generation of inventors and creators. 


What makes your product special? 

The combination of bespoke wooden components, modern electronics and
Educational PiperCraft software makes Piper a very unique product that kids love to assemble, program and play!

Wood has always served as a cornerstone for technological progress from the beginning of time because it is so malleable. It is also the most useful crafting material in Minecraft. We wanted your first interaction with Piper to be with this important and fun material. 

The Piper experience starts with assembling your wooden components into a computer case, which serves as your exploration base for crafting unique electronic modules into real, working gadgets. Piper gives you the ability to create with the latest, most advanced electronics components and concepts right out of the box.

All Piper Computers come equipped with PiperCraft, a revolutionary teaching system designed by Princeton and Stanford scientists to use the power of Minecraft to teach programming, engineering, electronics and critical thinking. 


What has been the best part of building Piper? 

Every single day, there are thousands of kids all over the world who change their perception of their abilities and what they believe they are capable of by playing and building with Piper. Seeing the difference we make in the lives of these kids is both exhilarating and humbling.


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