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8-10 = Adult build with child inclusion.
11-13 = Child build with adult supervision.
13+ = Complete child build.
The entire build took my 11 year old 2hrs 15mins.
*It is important to note that we unboxed the battery and speaker the day before in order to acheive a full charge. The battery pack (green rectangular power pack with lightning bolt motif and 2x USB ports) took 6 hours, whilst the speaker only took about 1 hour for a full charge.
I have noted a few pointers for buyers to consider:
1) The screen comes fitted with a plastic scratch protective sheet. The screen arrives pre-clamped between two wooden bracket components and as such makes the release of the plastic protective sheet a little difficult without unscrewing the rear panel. Fear not! Just undo the 2x brass nuts at the back, lift the brackets off (remember positioning and realign serial bus lead with groove), peel off the protective sheet, and return the components to their original position. The screen should be fitted in the mount as originally provided.
2) During instruction 5B you are told to use a 25¢ piece as a torque tool for the screen bracket mount to the main body. We don't all live in the US and/or have access to American coinage; therefore, a 0.8mm flat head screwdriver will do. I think the manufacturer could have gone to the trouble to provide a small metal piece to accommodate said coupling, albeit most likely lacking due to a cost cutting and weight reduction exercise. Nevertheless, have a flat head screwdriver at the ready, or the outside edge of a conventional household key should do the trick. All other tools and parts are provided in the kit.
3) Make sure you pay close attention to the types of screws used for each stage. The instructions are clearly outlined; however, the excitement of the build can sometimes cloud the judgement and selection of components.
4) Teamwork is paramount! I would say that anyone under the age of 13 will require some support in the build. There are a few finniky parts along the way; especially in the final composition of the nuts and screws of the screen/lid component. Perhaps a pair of tweezers might help along the way. Otherwise, just be patient with your MkI fingers and thumbs.
5) Once the build is completed, you'll be left with a bunch of wires and components, all of which have no illustrated drawings, or blue prints. We decided to use the image on the front of the box as a guideline. Frustrated without instructions, we decided to turn on the unit and see what happens. Ultimately, all you need to do is finish the build and power up (having previously fully charged the battery and speaker). You'll be prompted to connect to your WiFi. Once connected, you'll see an icon with an option to update. Select this option and wait. If nothing happens and/or you are prompted to connect to your WiFi, just power off from the battery pack. Restart and you'll get the prompt to upgrade on the home screen. Select OK and wait. The update will take several minutes (15-30), do make sure you are fully charged on battery power. If not, the sudden shut-down at power loss can cause problems with the software. Note that there are 2 phases in the update procedure.
6) Once up and running, the user can opt to play the Minecraft game (whereby the user will be shown how to wire the controller for use in the game), or the user can opt to try their hand at coding. Both will come with their own set of on-screen instructions. Hence why I advised you complete the build and don't worry about the wiring, or remaining components until you've turned the unit on and completed the necessary upgrades, etc.
7) One last thing to note is that some of the wiring instructions during the coding levels may elude to numbers of colour coded wires not available in your bundle. Don't panic. Just use one of the other colours not needed in that setup. You'll have plenty of components for every coding/gaming build.
Overall, this is an excellent learning tool for children aged 8+. There are a few elements which could do with some clearer instruction in order to manage expectations; however, for the few adjustments I'd say there are a few minutes of trial and error, or even common sense, which will help the user prevail.
The battery power of the unit lasted for 5 hours of non-stop operation. The coding stages become increasingly more challenging, and the attention to detail becomes equally critical to the success of each coding stage.
I believe the price point is fair given the quality of the components. I would not hesitate to recommend the PIPER Computer Kit with Raspberry Pie 3 and Quad-Core 1.2GHz processor to any of my friends and family seeking a great gift for an age range appropriate child.
I've included some imagery to help with anticipation of size and build; notwithstanding a short video of my 11 year old daughter having fun during one of the coding stages.
I trust this review has been informative. I would have liked to have read something similar before purchasing this kit, and as such hope that it may be of some help to someone in the future.
The way they've taken to Piper on the other hand has been great to watch. I suppose the joy of putting together your own computer, and physically upgrading it on the go as you play through the minecraft levels helped create a special experience for them.
Awesome job guys
Assembly was detailed, but again, well planned and documented with easy to follow 'blueprint' instructions. It took my daughter about 25 minutes to fully assemble the kit and power it up (with only a couple of snags along the way where she neglected something in the instructions and had to go back a step or 2 to fix the issue and then proceed). Once powered-up, the real fun begins with the on-screen tasks revealing limitations in the initial configuration (that the child quickly notices), but then provides solutions to these limitations as part of the game-play. My daughter was drawn-in immediately and spent hours working through various missions and gaining some insights into electronics and the basics of circuitry along the way. I highly recommend this product for kids that like to tinker!