About Us

At Piper, our mission is to impact kids globally by growing their confidence around being creators of technology instead of purely consumers.   We deliver this impact through our product, the Piper Computer Kit.

Kids who are given iPads, computers and phones to consume from a young age: they don't see how technology actually works.  Kids may think 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 allows 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. 

Piper, Inc.
Piper, Inc. was started in 2013 with Mark Pavlyukovskyy (Princeton/Oxford) and Shree Bose (Harvard), who was the original winner of the Google Science Award in 2011. Dr. Joel Sadler, (Mit/Stanford), Time Magazine top 50 inventor of the year, joined as a co-founder in 2014 while he was completing his Stanford thesis entitled "Enabling Novices to Prototype Electronics." 

At the same time as Piper was created, HBO launched the show "Silicon Valley" based on a fictitious company called Pied Piper.

The Piper Computer Kit, Piper's first product, was launched in 2015 with a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised $282,000 and received an endorsements from Apple creator Steve Wozniak and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.  The Piper Computer Kit was delivered in time for the Holidays.

In 2016, a $2.2M seed round of funding was closed and the Piper Computer Kit went global with sales to schools and parents in over 20 countries.  Piper Computer Kit remains the highest rated STEM product on Amazon.

Piper Computer Kit
The Piper Computer Kit is a STEM product, for kids 8 - 14 to learn how to build and program electronics at home or at school.

Kids begin the Piper experience by building the Piper Computer Kit, a fully functioning computer, following a real engineering blueprint.  Once built, kids play our educational Raspberry Pi Edition of Minecraft games that teaches them electronics in the game and then instructs them to build an electronic smart device that powers up the game.  

Parents and teachers love that kids are engaged while learning complex engineering.  Kids love the experience of playing games and building electronics.

Learning Development
Creative confidence is the measurement we look to impact with students.  We have conducted Stanford developed surveys and found that kids who use Piper show an 25% growth in creative confidence around building electronics.  That number grows to 54% for kids that rate themselves with low confidence when starting a Piper program.  These results are from 78 sixth grade students who completed Piper lessons at two different schools.  

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.  These skills include building, parallel circuitry, breadboarding, problem solving, critical thinking and growth mindset.

Our Motivation
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 engaging with Piper. Seeing the difference we make in the lives of these kids is both exhilarating and humbling.