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Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Harry Potter Will Help Kids Learn to Code With U.K. Startup Kano | Technology - Bloomberg

Nate Lanxon, editor and tech correspondent for Bloomberg, observes, "Harry Potter never learned computer code, but a London-based startup plans to help Muggle children do so with the famous wizard’s help." 

Kano’s Harry Potter coding kit will and introduce children to programming languages such as JavaScript.
Photo: Kano
Aspiring young developers will be able to use a new coding kit developed by Kano, which includes a physical magic wand that responds to movement in the hand, to learn how to recreate some of the magic spells seen in the popular movies, such as Wingardium Leviosa and Stupefy.

When it’s released in October through a partnership with Warner Bros., Kano’s Harry Potter coding kit will cost $99 and introduce children to programming languages such as JavaScript, which has real-world uses in modern web design and software development. Kano, founded in 2013,  makes do-it-yourself computer-building kits for kids – or anyone –  and has its own online platform where people can create games.

Alex Klein, co-founder and chief executive officer of Kano, said the magic wand kit was conceived after executives at Walmart Inc., which sells the startup’s products in the U.S., were intrigued by the company’s movement sensor products...

...Lego Boost was created by the Danish brick-building company’s new CEO, Niels B. Christiansen, in part to give kids access to a new way to learn computer programming, but also to help reverse a slump in sales. 

Source: Bloomberg