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Pixel Kit | Build Your Own Lightboard & Learn To Code | Kano |
"Make and code dazzling lights.
Build your own games, animations, art."

"Start with a story
Open the box, pop out the pieces. Buttons, board, battery, and more. Follow the books, all by yourself. Build the Pixel Kit step by step, page by page, just like Lego. Learn as you make. Connect to your computer and download the Kano App.

Learn to code
Step-by-step challenges show you how. Connect blocks, light it up live, see the effects instantly side-by-side. Simple for beginners, expansive for experts.

Build your own games
Start simple. Level up slowly. Create characters, make them run and jump. Spaceships swerve. Balls bounce. Add logic and scoreboards. Remix games by friends.

Paint with light, make animations
Draw your own colorful pictures and pixel art. Make animations frame-by-frame. It's simple and instant! Play with 16 million colors. What will you make?

Bring sound to life
With the inbuilt microphone make lights dance to music, bounce to beats or speak when you speak.

What’s in the app?
Kano Code runs the Pixel Kit. It's based on thousands of hours of real-world testing with artists, educators, and inventors worldwide. It uses simple steps, storytelling, game mechanics, and practical projects to demystify programming"

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classideas  kano  sfsh  coding 
july 2017 by robertogreco
"It's a computer — and you make it yourself"
raspberrypi  kids  children  computers  hardware  kano  kits  classideas 
may 2014 by robertogreco
Nigeria hopes Kano's ancient textile traditions can boost trade and tourism | World news | The Guardian
"For centuries, merchants flocked across Saharan trade routes to buy the deep blue cloth of Kano, a former emirate which in its heydays rivalled Timbuktu for wealth and scholarship. Traded for gold, ivory and salt, the city's indigo fabric became a symbol of wealth and nobility. Even today, indigo turbans are reserved for the emir's courtiers.

"The royal design is the most difficult, it takes two weeks to make," said Lawan, as she tied an intricate burst of spirals. "If there's even one mistake, the whole thing spoils," she said, sitting upon an antique wooden chest.

Some clients have changed little in centuries. Known as the "blue men of the desert", Tuaregs still travel thousands of miles over the Sahara's dunes to buy the fabric. Swathed in blue-black turbans that reveal only their eyes, the nomads earned their nickname from a penchant for cloths whose dye hasn't fixed, staining their faces. "Even the war in Mali hasn't stopped them coming," said Aleja Audu, the city's 73-year-old sarkin karofi or chief dyer.

Indigo textile art was once widespread across west Africa, as far east as the grassland kingdoms of Cameroon. The bug bit even colonialists who arrived in the 1800s. Heinrich Barth, one of the first European explorers to reach Kano, proudly wrote home of buying his first patterned shirt."
textiles  indigo  africa  nigeria  2013  glvo  kano 
july 2013 by robertogreco

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