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About the Piper Computer Kit

Piper is a computer kit that kids assemble themselves, advance through a Minecraft Story and learn physical engineering and electronics in the process.

Piper Computer Kit with PiperUniverse™

299 USD

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Arrives before Christmas.

Build a computer and learn about electronics with Minecraft: Pi Edition.

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Piper Computer Kit with PiperUniverse™

299 USD

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Arrives before Christmas.

Build a computer and learn about electronics, all while playing a Minecraft mod.

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Skills Learned With Piper

As kids progress through PiperUniverse they learn how to build and program electronics.
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Critical Thinking
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Building
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Electronics
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Coding
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Problem Solving
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Growth Mindset
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Educate with Minecraft

Piper is a perfect gift to inspire kids (Ages 8-13) to invent with electronics and coding through Minecraft

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Used in School

Used in classrooms all over the world to inspire and engage kids with programming, design and engineering

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Made by you!

One year after a Kickstarer launch, Piper has become the highest rated educational product on Amazon

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Product Specs

Wooden Box

  • 3.5” x 6.5” x 11” once assembled

  • 5mm thick pine wood

Screen

  • 7" LCD display

  • 800 x 480 screen resolution

Battery

  • Input: 5V/1A Output: DC5V/1A/2A

  • Capacity: 6000mAh

Mini-Stereo Speaker

  • 3.5mm jack

  • USB charging

  • High capacity battery

Raspberry Pi Computer

  • 1.2GHz, 1GB RAM

  • HDMI, USB, and AV jacks

  • Built-in Wi-Fi

SD Card with PiperUniverse™

  • 8 installed game levels

  • Free downloadable content

About PiperUniverse™

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.

Featured PiperUniverse™ Levels

Piper Universe Funky Fungi Level
Funky Fungi

Build an array of buttons and switches to navigate your way across giant mushrooms.

Piper Universe Treasure Hunt Level
Treasure Hunt

Build a LED light to help Piperbot locate lost treasure and learn about outputs.

Piper Universe TNT Level
Chain Reaction (TNT)

After installing a switch, Piperbot can now blow up blocks with TNT.

Piper Universe Rainbow Bridge Level
Rainbow Bridge

Build a buzzer to make it across a disappearing bridge.

Piper Computer Kit with PiperUniverse™

299 USD

Free US Shipping (3-7 days)

Piper Computer Kit International with PiperUniverse™

299 USD

Global Shipping (3-7 days)

Frequently Asked Questions

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?

You will most likely be able to find your answer in our community forums. If your question is specific to your order, please email our customer service.

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.

Pied Piper?

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. :)