Our seven year old loves his Piper laptop (so does his brother to his dismay). With minimal support he was able to build the kit and was up and running in no time. He enjoyed the missions so much he would wake up early so that he could work on them in the mornings before school. I highly recommend the product (in fact I liked it so much I suggested it to our school's superintendent as something they should look into).
This is an incredible teaching tool and platform. There's a ton of educational products on the marketing trying to get kids interested in STEM - things like Snap Circuits, Goldieblox, LittleBits, Lego Mindstorms, even code.org. The problem is that they are good at the science, but aren't actually "fun".
From the physical assembly of the box and components to the virtual problem-solving in the game, this is a great way to make computers seem more accessible. Our son devoured it the way he does a new Lego set.
It is well worth the investment and I would (and have) recommend it to anyone that will listen. Amazing little device with unlimited potential.
solving these "problems" with my son, helped him see how easily fixable these sorts of problems were and are. The piper website has an amazing forum, that my son found easily navigable for him to look for tips when he wasn't able to solve something on his own.
I like how they teach kids to build this computer step-by-step explaining concepts in easy form. All details are nicely done. There are tons of small details that make you understand the people who designed it love what they do. I have already ordered two as presents for my friends.
Talk about COOL! Our 10-year-old son can't stop saying, "I LOVE THIS." And he does! He built the set himself and has been working through the instructions using story mode (while playing Minecraft) and loves it. He feels super encouraged about his abilities to build, code and learn - and it's great to see him perfecting his skills while having fun!
Got the two units up and running with a little help from the wonderful staff at Piper. The family at Piper is wonderful and extremely supportive, especially with computer illiterates like me. The concept of the game is very intriguing. Instead of just playing a game on a device, this game makes you see how a computer is build.
Piper is truly amazing. My 9 and 11 year old daughters could not wait to set it up. Once we had it running they dove right in without fear. They love minecraft so navigating was seamless to them. Piper may seem intimidating to adults but trust me, it is not intimidating to your kids. They will love it.
The materials are high quality and the design is thoughtful. Educational and fun, there's no other product like it. I hope Piper takes this clever concept a step further and incorporates Raspberry Pi programming into the process for the user. Keep an eye on Piper . . . this is only the beginning I suspect.
My grand daughter learnt the pieces: motherboard, connectors, battery, screen. We talked about how computers worked (with the immense help of google for some terms and systems). That night, her face was glowing with excitement and pride. We spent the next several days 'playing' with it for an hour or so every day. Discovering what it could do or not. I was concerned that she would get bored as it is not a fancy colored machine, but it beat up any app and game she had for two reasons: she MADE it, and she felt she UNDERSTOOD it.