Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit – Build a wand. Learn to code. Make magic

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Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit – Build a wand. Learn to code. Make magic

Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit – Build a wand. Learn to code. Make magic

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While the backgrounds and sprites are a cut above what you’d get in Scratch, they’re still a bit old-school and basic. After turning on the app, you will start by tackling some of the 70+ challenges on the Kano coding app.

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A slightly larger bulb positioned at the tip of the wand would have created a more engaging experience — but that would probably have had an adverse impact on battery life. Before kicking things off for real, you’re invited to test the wand and practice your swishing by tracing a bunch of colors across the screen. Make fire flow, pumpkins grow, feathers fly, goblets multiply, paint pictures, compose music, and more. Importantly, they can also, at any time, start creating their own projects, using the different sprite objects and backgrounds to build their own.The coding wand is linked to a computer or app-based program compatible on most computers and tablet devices. At the time of writing, we’ve yet to make it all the way to the end of the challenges — such is the nature of working with a six-year-old. If you’ve used Scratch – and a lot of kids have – then it’s familiar and intuitive, even if there are some variations in the structure and the terminology. Using block-based coding, you will program what will happen when your wand is moved in various directions or patterns.

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By the time you and your kids have put the thing together, you’ll already have the sense that you created something interesting. Bring your kit to life, make lights flash, use motion sensors, move, wave, and play while learning to code. Indeed, it transpires that the wand has no “off” button — it merely goes into standby mode, where it is capable of staying for 200-300 hours.A few months back, Kano launched a DIY touchscreen computer kit to help anyone — but especially kids — learn to code. You can change it to a specific color — or random colors — by tapping and selecting options from the drop-down menu inside each block. Others can be used to trigger instructions if the wand is flicked up, left, right or down – or just moved slowly in any of those directions. Pull back the gauzy coverings and you’ll find the wand in pieces, ready to assemble by following the nicely illustrated instructions in the accompanying booklet. Once you’ve built your wand, learn to code, and make magic, with 25 official Harry Potter spell motions, 200+ sounds, creatures, artefacts and backgrounds inspired by the Wizarding World.

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Translated into the world of Kano: As far as kids are concerned, all they’re doing is following instructions so their cool little wand thing can make colorful fireworks or float feathers. What’s more, at regular intervals the app throws in a puzzle, where the young coding wizards can prove their growing knowledge by putting together the next program on their own.Both would have complicated the design and added to the cost, but made the wand even more convincing. The company is celebrating its fifth birthday this year and has shipped over 350,000 units worldwide that are teaching people all around the world to learn how to code and interact with technology.

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Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. Kano provides a really neat set of instruction that takes you through the components of the wand and explaining what they do. The wand consists of a magnetometer, accelerometer, and gyroscopewhich are all important to detect the motions you use to cast a spell. At times you have to get used to Kano’s idiosyncrasies – collision detection, for example, isn’t handled by a logic instruction but by an event – but there’s nothing major and nothing kids won’t quickly get used, and you can do some really cool and interesting stuff.Now, however, there’s a new option in the mix – and one that the Harry Potter tie-in is going to make irresistible. Kano has made a name for itself with its innovative, Raspberry Pi-based coding kits, but with its latest set they might have hit the big time. The challenges teach you about sensors, data and how to code along the way, with some help from your favourite Harry Potter characters. There is also a lanyard that attaches to the wand so you can tether it to the wrist of overly zealous kiddies. Inside the wand sits a slimline module incorporating the button and the LED along with a nine-axis accelerometer and gyroscope (for motion) and a magnetometer (for direction), allowing the app to sense the wand’s position and angle relative to your tablet or PC, and register any movements you make.

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