Piper Teaches Kids Hardware Development Using Video Game Minecraft

By: Alyson Wyers - Apr 2, 2015
References: withpiper & springwise
This hacker toolkit teaches kids how to build electronics by playing Minecraft. Instead of focusing on software and coding like Bitsbox or Primo, Piper emphasizes hardware development.

From Mark Pavlyukovskyy and Shree Bose, the Google Science Fair winner is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter. The self-contained hacker toolkit comes in a wooden box and includes a USB mouse, Raspberry Pi 2 mini-computer, power bank with 5 hours of play time as well as a number of cables and electronics.

After players assemble and decorate the box and connect its components, they can play a modified version of Minecraft. They have to fix the robot's hardware and send it to a mystery planet by building it in real life and following instructions on the screen.