One of the original goals of the Raspberry Pi Foundation was to create an affordable computer that students could use to learn to code. And there are plenty of schools and households using $35 Raspberry Pi computers for just that purpose.

But while the computer itself is pretty cheap, you need to add a keyboard, a pointing device, and a bunch of other components to make the most of it. And then you have to find the right software for your needs.

Kano’s Computer Kit takes a lot of the hard work out of assembling and setting up a Raspberry Pi for educational purposes… and leaves you with a lot of relativelyย easy work as you learn the basics of coding by interacting with the software on the kit.

The folks at Kano sent me a Computer Kit earlier this year, and I offered some initial impressions at the time. Since the kit has been collecting dust on my desk for a little while, I figure it’s time for a giveaway!


This giveaway is for a lightly used Kano Computer Kit featuring a Raspberry Pi 3, a wireless keyboard and touchpad, a case with a built-in speaker, a power supply, and an HDMi cable. There’s also some pretty stellar documentation and an 8GB microSD card pre-loaded with Kano’s educational, Linux-based software.

This kit currently sells for about $149, but Kano’s given me the go-ahead to give away the demo version I received to a reader.

Note that I received this kit shortly after the Raspberry Pi 3 was released, so the kit actually includes a WiFi dongle which isn’t actually necessary (since the Raspberry Pi 3 is the first Raspberry Pi computer with built-in WiFi).

Here’s how to enter for a chance to win:

Leave a comment on this page by 6AM Eastern Time on Monday, September 26th, 2016

There’s aย little more to it than that:

  • This contest is only open to people with a valid US shipping address.
  • Writers for Liliputing are not eligible to win, and neither are their friends or family members.
  • A winner will be randomly selected from the valid entries. That person will have 48 hours to respond to our message. If we don’t hear back within that time, a new winner will be chosen.
  • Make sure to use a valid email address, Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ account when you leave your comment, otherwise we may be unable to reach you to let you know you’ve won!.
  • Please leave only one comment.

Thanks again to Kano for providing this demo unit!

Update: This contest has now ended. Congratulations to our winner, loxmyth!

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173 replies on “Kano Computer Kit giveaway (Raspberry Pi 3-based learn-to-code system)”

  1. I’ve always wanted to play with one of these keyboards. The rest would be icing on the cake.

  2. Would love to have this for my son. His best friend has a Raspberry Pi computer and this would allow them to learn to code together.

  3. I have to admit . . . This would probably be something (or something like it) I am going to end up buying for my kid regardless of the outcome of the contest.

  4. The keyboard on that thing is phenomenal, I’ve heard. I also want a speaker designed to work with the Pi while not being a noisy mess.

  5. I am blown away this has been collecting dust on your desk, well If I win it will go to a good home. I am going to cross my fingers and hope I win. ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. I feel that the ability to learn to code is the thing that I, as an older member who wonders if it is still possible to learn to code at such an age, would enjoy…..

  7. Be interesting to use this for some automation at my astronomical society observatory.

  8. I just downloaded the OS to do a setup for my son and daughter this coming week. It looks like a great kit, I just wish it were a little more affordable as a kit vs. putting the parts together on my own.

  9. Nice articles AND a nice giveway!? You guys… keep up the good work.

  10. This would be great to start working on some of my low-level programming skills! And since I kinda need to write something, I might as well mention that Lilliputing remains one of my go-to websites ever since you convinced me to buy an Asus Eee 1000h six or seven years ago. Keep up the great work!

  11. This would make an excellent gift for my 8 year old. Thanks for the opportunity!

  12. I’ve wanted a Pi for a while, but could never justify purchasing a kit just because I wanted it. I’d love to win this.

  13. I am about to start a programming class and I would love this!

  14. As a retired senior projects like this keep my brain alive, make life interesting, and allow me to do some things I otherwise would never accomplish. Thank you for allowing me to participate.

  15. I’m in! Good luck to everyone.
    I’ve wanted to get into some Pi projects for a while, so winning one would be cool. I hope that it goes to good use wherever it goes.

  16. Looks like a good kit for my 15 yr old daughter who’s getting into coding.

  17. I my oldest daughter would love this kit. It’s her birthday in a couple days too. Let’s see if the Gods of Digital Chance smile at her ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. I have some ideas for neat projects I’d love to make using one of those. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. This looks like so much fun ! I have a young person in the house who is love to get into this, pick me pick me !

  20. This is an awesome platform for home automation (openHab) or surveillance system (zoneminder)

  21. Awesome! Another great, simple way for me to get started in coding! Loving the Pi! ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. I was actually looking to get one of these for the kids this Christmas – would be great to win one and use extra the money for a bigger monitor/tv for them.

  23. My six year old has been begging for a computer to learn on like his daddy. Please help make Christmas happen for him this year.

  24. It would be great to win this kit. My son and I could learn some coding together.

  25. I’d love to have this for my classroom. I teach a tech class for an elective, and have one kid (middle school) that’s super geeked out on computers, and would be super excited to give this Pi a try!

  26. Seems like something my kids would be interested in tinkering with. Especially my 13yr old who is a tech junkie and loves to know how things work.

    Thanks for the chance to get one.

    Triple.d0422 (Gmail)

  27. They had me with the orange keyboard – the pi will go into the latest CNC project, it’s a bigg’n.
    An orange keyboard shouldn’t (fingers crossed) be as easy to miss in the shop where we always play a game of “It’s in your Face!” when we can’t find something.

  28. I have been making serious research into a project (raspberry pi-IoT based) for my final year. I got some projects and as I’m waiting for my supervisor to approve any, I’ll like to have this kit to know my way around since I’m very new to it.

  29. I have been looking at this kit and Raspberry Pi 3 in general for a while and have been thinking of building something useful for a hobby this winter. I wish I can win! In case I don’t, congratulations to all those who do win and hope they put it for a good use. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. We’re getting our girls fired up coding wroth Scratch and now want to progress to the next level. Winning the Kano Computer Kit featuring a Raspberry Pi 3 would enable us to achieve this so much better.

  31. I would love to win this kit, thanks for offering your demo to someone else ๐Ÿ˜€

  32. I’ve been wanting one for my kids ever since I read your article!

  33. As a 5th grade teacher who has been trying to spark some new coders, I would love it!! Either way, this is on my Christmas wish list for sure.

  34. Me me!!!!! Oh pleeaaaaase let it be me!!!!!!!!!!! I will gladly pay for shipping!

  35. This is a great idea to get kids interested in coding. They need more of these in schools.

  36. I do love my zero, it would be nice to see what his bigger brother can do.

  37. I’ve just started working with Pi computers. It’s a great system, a step up from the arduino world.

  38. This would be a great help in allowing me to learn about Linux and programming.

  39. This would be a great gift for a young programmer, girl or boy.

  40. This looks like a pretty cool kit. Thank you for sharing this with one lucky site visitor. Keep showing us your neat finds!

  41. Exposure to programming is s great experience for all kids. I would like to get my daughters engaged.

  42. I’ve been thinking of getting a RPi for my daughters to play around with!

  43. Amazon shows this to me every other time I am on the site. Wonder if they think I’d like it.

  44. Not living in the US, but entering on the behalf of my brother-in-law living in the US is okay, right? Love Raspberry Pi and their projects!

  45. Love the design and aesthetic of Kano and got to love that keyboard. Would love to give it a go.

  46. Not sure what I would use it for, but the boost in processor power is definitely a bonus from previous models.

  47. The WiFi dongle is still a good thing to have considering that the RPi3 has trouble running WiFi and Bluetooth concurrently.

  48. Thanks Kano and Brad for the great giveaway! I would love to win this to teach my daughter about computing; I want to teach her to create, not just consume.

  49. Love the idea of sharing. I read your initial overview of the kit, and have been secretly eyeing them ever since.

  50. I can think of a uses for that gadget. Not sure if the grandkids would actually get it or if I’d bogart it though. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Disqus knows my gmail address, don’t think it publishes it though. Just move the @ and add the obvious though and thar ya go.

  51. I’ve been eyeballing this kit for a while. I’d be over the moon to win some Liliputing swag again. I mean, it’s been like 5 years (and yet I keep coming back here for the news that counts even after so many other blogs have fallen or been bought out by the corporate masters and become utter garbage. Liliputing keeps getting better).

  52. Thanks for the chance at this giveaway, Brad. If I were to win it, I would give it to the son of a couple I am friends with, to help him get more exposure to how computer technology actually works.


  53. Very comprehensive package, which means that for sure it would be a great way to start learning all about the Raspberry… today a little coding, tomorrow… who knows? the possibilities are endless… =)

  54. I downloaded the OS and built one of these for my nephew using a rasperry pi and its great.

  55. What a great idea, perfect for the brainy kid who’s always messing with my Mac!

  56. My daughter is the perfect age for a project like this. Could be fun.

  57. I Still have not tried any pi products. Very late to the party! I’ve been looking into the pi 3 quite a bit the last 2 weeks.

  58. Let’s try this, hoping i may win and thanks for the giveaway!

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