Sania Box Offers DIY Approach to Help Kids Learn Coding
The “Sania Box Embedded Computer Kit” was developed by Sania Jain, a 13-year-old writer who has a passion for coding. The project was launched with the help of a Silicon Valley-based start-up called MoonShot Junior Inc. The goal of the project is to help children learn or improve coding and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) skills without adult supervision.
The Sania box comes with an embedded add-on board that comes with amazing features like pushbuttons, sensors, and even a relay circuit. The board fits on a Raspberry Pi 3 or Pi 4 board 40 Pin header. It also comes with an SD card that has pre-installed code for kids to practice with. Other attachments that come with the add-on board are:
- Two LED Lights
- 3 -digit – 7 Segment Clock Display
- Light Sensor
- Gas Sensor
- Thermal Sensor
- Touch Sensor
- Relay and Audio Buzzer
- Push Button4
Kids can bring their program to life by putting the various components of the board. This is a very powerful educational tool, especially for computer science programming and engineering.
Python has been chosen as the preferred programming language for the board. This is an excellent decision as python is easy to understand and expressive. Younger programmers with little or no experience will find it easy to learn. The kit is based on a Raspberry Pi 4, so it will work with every other language supported by Raspberry Pi 4.
The box is a DIY project which targets children who are 8 years old or older. They can create projects based on their codes. The kit comes with a keyboard, mouse, and custom case. The breadboard, LEDs, and resistors, which are included, make the Sania box a great resource. There is no need to search for other components before creating a complete project.
Although there is no display provided, the Sania box has an HDMI cable included which offers the option of connecting to a television in a classroom setting or any other display available.
Pricing and Further Information
Coding is a 21st Century skill, which is essential. Most schools do not have a chance to offer computer programming to students, and the Sania box will be a fantastic way to tackle this problem. There is currently a $129 pledge offer available on Kickstarter for the first 200 boxes. After that, the Sania box will be sold for $149, and other donations are welcome.