During Enrichment week, eleven eager Year 8s came to take part in our first Kano computer workshop. From motherboards to Minecraft, the day was an educational success. Curiosity turned to concentration and then excitement, as they opened and constructed their kit computers – giving them the chance to learn vital technology skills in a safe space.
Kano, the UK’s most successful Kickstarter project to date, is a build-it-yourself computer for young people. The colourful kits have been praised by many, including Mayor of London Boris Johnson, for their ability to engage young people in technology beyond simply being users.
We have received four kits due to the generous funding from the Jack Petchey Foundation, which we used to develop a workshop to make Kano even more accessible. From actually piecing together the hardware to coding on the command line, to playing and customising environments, to working with motion sensor technology, both girls and boys alike had a great time over the three days.
All the pupils that attended loved the experience and said they wanted to come back again to a future workshop.