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Piper for the Holidays!

Posted by Chris Bouman on

Piper for the Holidays!

  ‘Tis the season for gathering family and friends and being thankful. Here at Piper we are thankful for many things, most importantly all the support we have received from our customers and partners that have helped us along the way! Piper is now 11 people strong, and from us to you, Happy Holidays! It’s amazing to see how far we have come. Last year Piper had not shipped a single unit and had many Kickstarter backers anxiously awaiting their Piper kit to arrive. A year later, Piper is a community of kids, parents, educators and now even retailers who...

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How to Bridge Academics and Invention in Elementary Education - Guest Post by Lisa Zapalac

Posted by Kevin Elgan on

How to Bridge Academics and Invention in Elementary Education - Guest Post by Lisa Zapalac

This is a guest post by Lisa Zapalac, co-founder of the Long-View Micro School in Austin, Texas. Long-view Micro School is reimagining the education experience by connecting academic goals with hands-on project-based learning. Their goal is to be forward thinking, to empower children with the academic knowledge and long term transferrable technology skills to ensure they are best prepared to handle future endeavors. Long-View's recent "Build Week" presented students with the challenge of building and programming a fully-functional computer using Piper. Along the way, students developed growth mindsets to take on challenges themselves, the grit to work through frustrations and the...

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Student creators, not just consumers!

Posted by Suzette Duncan on

Student creators, not just consumers!

A few years ago, I read and then listened to a report on NPR's Marketplace about the challenges connected with using tech in the classroom. Over the past couple of years, I've come back to this report repeatedly as I think about the reasons to use computers in my classroom. I have the hope that they will change how I teach, and more importantly that they will change what my students do in order to learn. One great hope I have is that my students will use computers as tools for their own creativity.    In fact, this year I...

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Turn your Piper into an Amazon Echo

Posted by Tommy Gibbons on

Turn your Piper into an Amazon Echo

There is an awesome amount of things you can do with your Piper and we thought we would showcase one of the latest things we made and you can build at home. Voice recognition and response is a fast growing with Amazon, Google, and Apple all making huge progress in the field.  Because we see this technology taking a bigger role in our lives, we thought we would give a glimpse at how Piper users can start using the Amazon Alexa Voice Service on their Piper. Here's what you'll need to take this project start to finish: 1 fully charged Piper connected...

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Piper v1.0.6

Posted by Chris Bouman on

Piper v1.0.6

It's amazing how far Piper has come along!  Last year at this time Piper was making our first product to ship in time for the Holidays, one year later thousands of kids are learning electronics with Piper! The Piper development team has been busy creating new, engaging ways to PlayPiper.  Our latest release, v1.0.6 is the biggest update yet with: New "Breadboard Bluffs" level where we look at the inner workings of breadboards, it's the best thing since sliced bread! New Mini-Game mode with 5 new games and 5 new PowerUps To get to v1.0.6 simply click the Update button on your Piper...

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