(as of Oct 04,2023 02:42:51 UTC – Details)
Looking for a STEM gift for someone interested in both music and technology?
Code Piano teaches girls and boys aged 8 – 12 real computer coding through fun sound-based projects. Play songs, create a customizable piano, or code a ‘DJ booth’ of sound effects to invent new digital music! Code Piano combines familiar tunes with new coding concepts for a fun but valuable learning experience. Learners follow along with online projects and write computer code that they load onto the Code Piano.
Some of the 10+ example projects with this kit include:
Morse code messaging
Random tone sequence
Rising and falling siren sequence
Sound effects sampler / DJ booth
With the coding skills that kids learn through the projects, they can go on to build their own custom sound effects and songs. The C++ (see-plus-plus) concepts addressed in this kit include:
Troubleshooting / ‘Bug Hunting’
Styling and commenting
This kit is compatible with Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Chromebook computers or laptops. It requires a free software downloaded from the Let’s Start Coding website and an internet connection. The free software contains example projects, walkthrough videos, concept explanations, and challenges to keep kids learning.
Notes for adults: If your young coder is not a strong typer or is not familiar with installing and using software, they will greatly benefit from your help. Installing the software takes 5 to 20 minutes (depending on internet speed) and can be done before the child starts with the kit. If you follow along with them on the first setup project and first coding project, it will be easier for your child to get the hang of writing and uploading code. You may learn something cool, too!
Our Parents’ Choice Award was received from the Parents’ Choice Award organization in May 2019 and our Family Review Center Awards were received in April 2019 from the Family Review Center Awards organization.
Designed by educators for absolute coding beginners. Challenging without being frustrating, our approach focuses on experimentation and tinkering to learn.
Compatible with most popular laptops.
Use our free software as a download on Windows or Mac computers, or as Chrome extension on Chromebook.
The software is free and includes guided projects, challenges for learners, and the possibility of open-ended coding.
Built with kids in mind.
We want this product to last, so we designed it to be tough enough to take a fall out of a backpack or off the table.
Included is a tough plastic carrying case that latches shut and can fit all included components, so it’s easy to keep everything together when coding time is over.
Guided but flexible.
Kids learn coding best by example. They’ll start with working code and the projects show them how each piece of the program works and what they can change.
Next, kids are challenged to make some updates that will test their skills.
Finally, we’ve created ‘bug hunts’ so that kids search for errors in the code and try to solve them.
Real, typed code teaches real skills.
Because the code is real C++, kids aren’t limited by block ‘coding’. They don’t have to stop when they complete the projects – that’s just the beginning!
With the fundamental concepts they learn along the way, kids are going to be equipped to come up with their own customized programs by the time they’ve completed the projects in the kit.
Younger coders who want a toy they can modify and play with.
Curious coders who have an interest in circuitry and imagination to build their own projects and add craft materials to their code projects.
Imaginative kids who don’t want to build their own circuits, but want a pre-built ‘toy’ that they can control and modify.
Passionate & independent coders who are ready to dive deep into the world of circuitry and programming.
Musicians who love tech. The perfect STEAM crossover to use both creativity and critical thinking.
Free project guides
Family Choice Award (3/2019), Purdue University Engineering Gift Guide (11/2020)
Mom’s Choice Award (3/2019), MLA Platinum Award (1/2017), Purdue University Engineering Gift Guide (11/2020)
National Parenting Product Award (3/2019), Tillywig Brain Child Award (3/2019), Purdue University Engineering Gift Guide (11/2020)
Family Review Center Gold (4/2019), Family Choice Award(3/2019), MLA Platinum Award (1/2017), Family Review Center Seal of Approval (4/2019), Purdue University Engineering Gift Guide (11/2020)
Parents’ Choice Approved Award (5/2019), Family Review Center Gold (4/2019), Family Review Center Seal of Approval (4/2019), Purdue University Engineering Gift Guide (11/2020)
MUSIC + CODING : Kids learn how to make and modify their own electronic music with Code Piano. Free online project guides show them how computer programming works
ALL INCLUSIVE : The speaker and buttons are built into this circuit board and it comes with handy reference cards, USB cable, and carrying case. Nothing else required to get started
PERFECT FOR BEGINNERS : Projects designed by parents, teachers, and engineers for kids who are just starting with typed code. Step-by-step guidance helps them learn important skills
GREAT GIFT : Kids love that they can control their own music and show off their skills. Parents love that kids are learning important S.T.E.A.M. and technology skills
Free software requires a Mac, Windows, or Chromebook computer or laptop and an internet connection. Not compatible with smartphones or tablets