Build a computer and learn about electronics with Minecraft: Pi Edition.
Build a computer and learn about electronics, all while playing a Minecraft mod.
Piper is a perfect gift to inspire kids (Ages 8-13) to invent with electronics and coding through Minecraft
Used in classrooms all over the world to inspire and engage kids with programming, design and engineering
3.5” x 6.5” x 11” once assembled
5mm thick pine wood
7" LCD display
800 x 480 screen resolution
Input: 5V/1A Output: DC5V/1A/2A
High capacity battery
Raspberry Pi Computer
1.2GHz, 1GB RAM
HDMI, USB, and AV jacks
SD Card with PiperUniverse™
8 installed game levels
Free downloadable content
Piper's lead developer created a thesis while at Stanford entitled "Enabling Novices to Prototype Electronics." Piper Universe uses key points from that thesis, along with captivating storytelling, to facilitate learning through custom Minecraft: Pi Edition games.
Build an array of buttons and switches to navigate your way across giant mushrooms.
Build a LED light to help Piperbot locate lost treasure and learn about outputs.
After installing a switch, Piperbot can now blow up blocks with TNT.
Build a buzzer to make it across a disappearing bridge.
What ages is Piper recommended for?
Piper is recommended for children ages 8-12.
Does Piper ship internationally?
Piper ships internationally, but there may be local duties and taxes applied depending on your country.
What language does Piper come with?
Currently, Piper ships in English with Mandarin and Japanese translations available. More translations are on the way and we are happy to provide our subtitles if you're interested in translating yourself.
Is everything included?
Yes, everything to run Piper is complete with your purchase, including the Raspberry Pi, the computer screen, and our PiperUniverse software!
How do I charge my battery?
The same cord you use to power on your Raspberry Pi can be used to charge your battery out of a USB port.
Where can I go if I have questions about my Piper?
How many hours of PIperUniverse are there?
Assembling a Piper usually takes 1-2 hours. Completing all of the Piper hardware missions takes 8-10 hours. Exploring our creative mode can be enjoyed indefinitely!
Can my kids learn real programming and electronics concepts with Piper?
Yes! We have developed a Stanford endorsed curriculum which you can use to help your child fully understand the basics of electronics, programming, and computing. You can find it here.
Can I do more engineering projects with my Piper?
Absolutely. Each Piper comes pre-installed with NOOBS which is the Raspberry Pi operating system. There is an internet browser, a word processor, scratch programming, and more!
Will this product be too complex for my child?
Piper is not easy and it is not designed to be. Any child or adult will at times be challenged, confused, or even frustrated. What you will not be is bored. We believe iteration is an important part of the engineering process. Because Piper sees engagement unlike other products, we've found that young engineers do not give up like they would on other products, they double down, revisit the details and try again and that is what building with Piper is about.
Lots of people ask us if we named the company after the show “Silicon Valley.” No, we didn’t; we had the name before the show. :) The reason we call ourselves “Piper” is that we initially wanted to create a tool to demystify technology and we thought that teaching about the Internet would be a good place to start. To encapsulate this idea in our name, we thought of a plumbing analogy and how the Internet (and computers) are like a series of connected pipes. But we were surprised - kids told us they wanted to play more Minecraft and do less HTML and CSS. So we pivoted our direction to focus on a physical building combined with Minecraft. But the name remained. :)