The heart of tech is coming to the heart of the Mediterranean. Join TNW in València this March 🇪🇸

This article was published on December 5, 2015

Kano OS empowers kids to create the future on $5 Pi Zero

Kano OS empowers kids to create the future on $5 Pi Zero
Bryan Clark
Story by

Bryan Clark

Former Managing Editor, TNW

Bryan is a freelance journalist. Bryan is a freelance journalist.

We love Kano. We’ve talked about the computer kit, — a DIY collection that allows children to take a nuts and bolts approach to building and operating a PC — and just over a week ago, the screen kit, an HD LCD screen that that kids can build themselves.

Now, the London-based startup has done it again with its new open source operating system for the $5 Pi Zero announced last week.

Kano OS comes with all of the features that we know and love from the Kano computer kit, such as:

  • Kano Blocks: the best place to start for new coders! Start with the drag and drop of blocks to create real programs in Python or Javascript, and see games, songs, and apps change before your eyes, with live code updating.
  • Coding and computing challenges: advance onto making a video, playing and modifying Snake, Pong and Minecraft to learn the basics of changing or modifying code; and making music with Sonic Pi to put it all together in actual written code.
  • Kano World: an open community for kids to share their creations where over 9 million lines of code have been already been written.

The free download takes all of five minutes to download and install on your Pi Zero and you can grab it at the link below.

Kano OS