What do you learn with Piper?
As kids build Piper and progress through the games, they develop both technical skills and approaches that lead to inventive solutions.
The Piper experience
Piper is a perfect gift to inspire kids to invent with electronics and coding through the Raspberry Pi Edition of Minecraft
Used in School
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
8 pre-installed game levels
Free downloadable content
Building a computer is just the beginning
Your mission: save the world
Very quickly players are thrust into a world-saving mission: They play a damaged robot who needs some systems fixed. As the levels progress, players find in-game directions for how to add on to their hardware, with wiring, sensors and more. Instant feedback makes learning fun.
Featured level: Funky Fungi
Build an array of buttons and switches to navigate your way across giant mushrooms.
Featured level: Treasure Hunt
Build a LED light to help Piperbot locate lost treasure and learn about outputs.
Featured level: Chain Reaction (TNT)
After installing a switch, Piperbot can now blow up blocks with TNT.
Featured level: Rainbow Bridge
Build a buzzer to make it across a disappearing bridge.
Based on Stanford research on how to teach any skill
Dr. Joel Sadler, Piper co-founder and CTO, created a thesis while at Stanford entitled 'Enabling Novices to Prototype Electronics.' Piper uses key points from that thesis, along with captivating storytelling, to facilitate learning.
Frequently Asked Questions
Piper is recommended for children ages 8-12.
Piper ships internationally, but there may be local duties and taxes applied depending on your country. Customs, Duties and Taxes are calculated at checkout.
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.
Yes, everything to run Piper is complete with your purchase, including the Raspberry Pi, the computer screen, and our PiperUniverse software!
The same cord you use to power on your Raspberry Pi can be used to charge your battery out of a USB port.
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!
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 purchase the additional curriculum here.
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!
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: Pi Edition. But the name remained. :)
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