MakePad Promises to Make Learning Code as Easy as Pi

MakePad Promises to Make Learning Code as Easy as Pi

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Acquiring Life Skills — A Dynamic Process

From the moment we are born, we start acquiring all the necessary life skills to be self-sustaining individuals. However, this process is more than just learning to walk, talk and pay bills. It is a dynamic process in which we must change direction with the changing winds of society.

The greatest changes to the way we operate as a society have been catalyzed by rapid advancements in the field of technology. Global citizens are required to adapt to these changes and do so swiftly, or else, be left behind.

Coding — A Life Skill

Many would argue that coding, the process of telling a computer, app, phone or website what you want it to do, is fast becoming one of the fundamental life skills of the future. In fact, many are describing it as the ‘new literacy’.

And therein lies the main reason children must learn to code— it is indeed the ‘new literacy’, or the language of the future. As such, the acquisition of coding skills will assist children in their quest to interact with and make sense of the world.

Of course, not every career path will require an in-depth knowledge of coding, nor will it be a necessity to survive. However, learning to code is about problem solving, logic and computational thinking; fundamental skills that are certainly priceless assets. Not to mention, it opens up countless possibilities as far as electrifying careers in STEM! How important it is, then, that we educate our children in this regard.

How Will I Teach My Children Code?

I’m guessing that for those parents who are bamboozled by how rapidly and dramatically technology is changing, and who are struggling to keep on top of it, you’re breaking out into a cold sweat. You may be wondering, “How am I going to teach my children to code?”

Don’t worry. You’re not alone. Many are terrified by the thought of tackling this challenge.

However, thanks to some ingenuity and forward thinking on the part of scientists and engineers, there are now simple, affordable, hands-on tools that can do all the work for you. The ‘MakePad’ produced by the MakePi company is no exception.

‘MakePad’ to the Rescue

The ‘MakePad’ is an all-in-one, kid-friendly, easy to assemble tablet that effortlessly and effectively teaches code to children as young as five. Thanks to its Raspberry Pi based processing hardware, the tablet is powerful yet affordable. Its customized operating system ensures that it is easy to operate and geared for enhanced STEM learning experiences. In addition, thanks to the ‘MakePad’s’ embedded applications, there is no need for Internet access.

MakePi’s goal is simple, to “make the learning of code possible for everyone”. With the ‘MakePad’ children and parents alike are sure to do that, and have a whole lot of fun along the way!

Indeed, the ‘MakePad’ promises to make learning how to code as easy as Pi! Sign up now!

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How your children can benefit from learning how to code with Makepi

How your children can benefit from learning how to code with Makepi

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Understand what coding means

Coding, also known as “computer programming”, is so deeply embedded in our daily routine that is has become virtually impossible to get through the day without acknowledging the results of coding. Cash withdraws, traffic lights synchronization, biometric identity checking, instant messaging… the list goes on.

Whether you are embracing or repelling these facts, encouraging children to learn coding has become imperative because they do thrive in environments where they understand expectations. Therefore, family engagement plays a major role promoting environments that combine age-appropriate technology with real-life situations. MakePi believes that by inspiring children to learn purpose-driven-coding, they will be more willing to make rather than buying or consuming solutions. In the future, children will no longer be simple computer users, but potentially programmers by understanding several languages that give orders to computers.

How your children can benefit from learning how to code with Makepi

MakePi provides today, both hardware and software learning experiences within the same product: the MakePad. First, MakePi has recently applied the DIY concept with the MakePad to promote the maker’s movement from early educational stages throughout K12’s years. Besides assembling all the components by themselves, students might even upgrade the MakePad with multiple peripherals and additional hardware because MakePi has kept all USB and GPIO ports of its RaspberryPi CPU free. Second, once running, the MakePad delivers coding experiences with our embarked applications, such as the Make-Mods and Make-Music, both of which challenges kids and teenagers to create their own mods on the Minecraft platform and original digital music by using the Blockly language. Python language is also supported for text-based coding.

Embrace your children’s future

Speaking a second language makes you work with both sides of your brain. That is probably one of the reasons why Steve Jobs once said that “everyone should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think”.

Coding is not necessarily a life-lasting-decision, neither a vocational-gifted-gene heritage. Instead, think of coding as one meaningful component of our children’s curriculum. Furthermore, from one holistic point of view, learning how to code copes with developing creativity, communication, collaboration and critical thinking to solve real-life problems. All of which are the foundation of STEM education.

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Teach your children to be entrepreneurs with MakePi

TEACH YOUR CHILDREN TO BE ENTREPRENEURS WITH MAKEPI

Entrepreneurship does not relate simply to creating stuff. Period. And this misconception should be disrupted from the very beginning. Otherwise, children will not understand failure as part of the creation process, for instance. Perhaps, the most important one. Beyond that, we should teach our children to be entrepreneurs by making educational technology one meaningful component of their curriculum. Likewise, MakePi has developed one DIY concept that will provide great opportunities to foster collaboration and communication within students, teachers, and families, involving them towards critical thinking and problem-solving paths.

Here are some other aspects to be taken into consideration to encourage children to be entrepreneurs:

  • Grit over talent: develop the will to thrive, not giving up, trying harder! MakePi has designed embarked applications for the MakePad, such as the Make-mods. This solution will challenge any children to code their way through the Minecraft platform. They will learn how to code with Blockly by dragging and dropping variables and commands into the game with their own fingertips!
  • Purpose over common sense: build your own dreams and pursue them! By assembling components by themselves, children will develop reasoning skills and discover how computers work. MakePi and its DIY concept will allow children to learn electronics with full hands-on experience;
  • Creating over mimicking: collaborate to create! With our Make-music application, your children will learn to code and, therefore, produce original digital music by interacting with Blockly language.

We do believe MakePi will foster creativity, either at home and schools. Finally, help us to encourage children from all over the over to have grit, purpose and create their own ideas! Please subscribe to our newsletter and have access to news, special offers and much more.

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MakePi is a startup that was born to empower learners, makers and educators. We have a background in STEM education and technology that comprises Happy Code’s computer science teaching across U.S., Latin America and Europe. Our dream is to make tech education possible for every child from all over the world with MakePad. MakePad will be launched on a crowdfunding platform. Follow us on this journey subscribing at makepi.com and help our children towards infinity and beyond!

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www.makepi.com

 

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MakePad is the first DIY tablet based on Raspberry Pi

What if students could learn about computer Science throughout K12’s discovery years?

Albeit very few students have had these lessons on spot basis, the majority lacks access to both technical information and equipment, though. In spite of these restrictions, even those not-so-fortunate kids still find themselves emerged in a plethora of social networks, instant messaging and online-gamming. Paradox? Worse. Instead of learning how to think, children have been more inclined to mimic unfiltered and common-sense-web-based knowledge on daily basis. Even if you turn off your internet router, they will find a way around it.

Feeling uneasy already? We are and we have been for a long time. That is the main reason why MakePi was born envisioning to cope with STEM’s teaching and learning processes. Let us walk you through all the features of our MakePad and share how we have designed, developed and implemented them to fulfill our founders’ vision.

1) 10.1” TOUCHSCREEN DISPLAY

MakePi developed a solution for a 10.1” touchscreen display that could be controlled and, thus, keeping all RaspberryPi’s four USB ports free to be used with a lot of other peripherals. This solution will allow students to explore endless possibilities with their fingertips.

2) OPERATIONAL SYSTEM CUSTOMIZED FOR STEM EDUCATION

Based on Linux distribution Debian 9, MakePad’s OS (MakeOS) feels fun and fast. Customized towards a user-friendly perception, we have optimized its operations for touchscreen appliances. Nonetheless, it offers support for many peripherals since we have kept all USB and GPIO ports free to be used.

3) CHILDREN CAN ASSEMBLE THE TABLET WITH THEIR OWN HANDS

All the components can be easily assembled to the inner section of the tablet because of its tethering patterns. Except for the RaspberryPi’s, all the other circuits had to be customized for both functionality and user-friendly design. Children will understand how the hardware works altogether by connecting the cables and comprehending the logical sequence to power up the MakePad.

4) MOBILITY WITH A LITHIUM BATTERY OF 12-HOUR-AUTONOMY

Besides being equipped with a powerful battery, MakePad’s DIY concept allows children to easily replace it with additional units.

5) COGNITIVE COMPUTING APPLICATION

Inasmuch as AI drives technological platforms, likewise speech recognition, MakePi came up with one special application using IBM’s Watson technology. Children will be able to program MakePad’s make-mods functionality by voice. How cool is that?

6) RASPBERRY PI BASED HARDWARE

Do you remember our vision statement? We have chosen the RaspberryPi CPU because this solid, compact and powerful platform has brought computer science to a new democratization era. In order to cope with STEM’s teaching and learning processes, we could not have agreed more but to implement and share RaspberryPi’s possibilities with parents, teachers, and children from all over the world.

7) NO INTERNET CONNECTION NEEDED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES

This is one of our favorites. If a device is mobile, why do children keep learning solely at their desks? To provide a truly untethered experience, we have embarked our Make-mods and Make-music applications into the MakeOS. Therefore, lack of network infrastructure around the world can be counteracted with this solution, especially at remote locations.

8) PROPRIETARY APPLICATIONS THAT ALLOW KIDS TO CREATE DIGITAL MUSIC WITH CODE

Here are the reasons why our slogan is “We Can Make…”. First, we can make mods. Make-mod allows users to program modifications (mods) within the Minecraft virtual universe by applying Blocky language. Second, we can make music. Make-music is probably the world’s first appliance to use Blocky for digital music creation! Next… well, this will be up to you and your children. All they need is guidance and access to our MakePad.

9) OS AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH, SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE

Choose your language and embrace the future of STEM education.


MakePi is a startup that was born to empower learners, makers and educators. We have a background in STEM education and technology that comprises Happy Code’s computer science teaching across U.S., Latin America and Europe. Our dream is to make tech education possible for every child from all over the world with MakePad. MakePad will be launched on a crowdfunding platform. Follow us on this journey subscribing at makepi.com and help our children towards infinity and beyond!

Contact:
info@makepi.com
www.makepi.com

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Discovering the history of MakePi

Discovering the history of MakePi

It is time to walk you through our product development process and learn more about MakePi.

MakePi was born envisioning to cope with STEM’s teaching and learning processes. With this drive, MakePi’s founders started to validate their hypothesis throughout Happy Code’s extensive network of teachers and students. As a result, they came up with a simple idea: to build an educational tablet that children all over the world could build with their own hands and learn how to code!

 

 

Targeted to Z and alpha’s generations, which have been learning about everything from their fingertips, MakePad’s engineering team faced their first challenge: to customize a video driver that could run a 10.1″ touchscreen LCD display powered by Raspberry Pi CPU. Challenge accepted and delivered! Here is a picture of our copyrighted breakthrough!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View more about how MakePi was born: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/makepi-startup-building-future-stem-192700702.html

MakePad will be launched on a crowdfunding platform. Follow us on this journey subscribing at makepi.com and help our children towards infinity and beyond!

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