Piper in the News
"“You never want to dictate to them,” he said. “If you ask questions and jointly converge on the answers, then the point of action is completely embraced.”"
"To start making a difference, students should first "find something that bothers you on a very personal level," she said. "
May 03, 2016
"We believe that giving kids an opportunity to become creators rather than consumers, and to do it through a game they already understand and love, is a powerful way to replace screen-time with build-time"
"With Piper, we can turn Minecraft into something more exciting. The kit lets kids create circuits in real life and then see how they interact in Minecraft. It lets you, for example, add a battery and a button to a breadboard and see those parts pop up on the screen."
September 21, 2015
"This is some next-level Minecraft action that the most hardcore fans in this world will be able to truly devour and appreciate. Just so long as they recognize that they're going to need to work for it."
July 06, 2016
""I've been seriously impressed with this Piper set. From my first impression of its extremely appealing Minecraft style box, through the build and execution of its software, it has been a great family bonding experience. The boys have learned lots, we've shared something great together and it continues to teach them about coding and electronics."
June 24, 2016
"Piper's creators were hoping to build a more productive way for kids to play Minecraft at home. But at least at this school, it may have found a home right here in the classroom. "
March 01, 2015
"The Piper Computer Kit is a fantastic, fun gateway into the world of PC hardware and programming. "
"Those initial few pilots taught us the two mantras of Piper — 1) kids love Minecraft, and 2) kids don’t want to be told what to do."
March 09, 2015
"I was surrounded by special people — role models who lifted me up and made me feel like being a woman wasn’t a disadvantage in STEM. The fact that these people exist shows me that STEM has made incredible progress in closing the gender divide."
May 30, 2015
"If you can't tear the kids away from Minecraft, then you need to put the electronics into Minecraft is the thinking here."
November 27, 2015
"But engineering — especially electrical — is full of failure modes. And failure can disrupt the flow, unless you have the tools to solve the FAIL. Piper is the first electronics kit that begins to offer such tools."
January 05, 2016
"The idea for Piper came originally from Bose's cofounder, Mark Pavlyukovskyy, a recent Princeton graduate who was sending Raspberry Pi kits to kids in Africa as an inexpensive way for them to learn about technology."
March 11, 2015