Company aims to give children a hands-on experience in building robots
California-based EdTech start-up Piper Learning Inc., founded by Indian-American Shree Bose, is planning to expand into India in 2022. Partnering with Brand Capital and the Times Group of India, Piper is looking to begin Made-in-India product sales via Amazon and Flipkart in early 2022.
Founded in 2014 by Bose, who was then a Harvard University student, Piper creates electrical engineering and computer science kits for children aged more than 8 years. A Grand Prize winner of the inaugural Google Global Science in 2011, Bose is motivated by her conversations with students around the world struggling to gain a foothold in exploring technology. Piper’s flagship product, the Piper Computer Kit, blends physical building with electronics and gameplay in the virtual world, using the Raspberry Pi Edition of Minecraft.
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In March 2021, the award-winning STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) company launched Piper Make, their online coding platform, that allows students to convert their personal computer into a powerful prototyping station. Piper uses simple hardware and electronics paired with free, drag-and-drop coding lessons in kits designed for everyone, from amateur to advanced users. With representations of the Raspberry Pi Pico, the bite-sized microcontroller that powers the lessons, translations of Google Blockly code to Circuit Python, and more, Piper Make is designed to empower anyone to learn the basics of hardware and coding.
“We want the magic of Piper—building with technology physically while experiencing virtual, storytelling-based lessons—to be accessible to everyone,” said Shree. “With the COVID-19 pandemic, as students have been in lockdown for months, learning has largely moved online. So we wanted to create an experience that allows students to use their computers in a different way than simply for their online classes, which is exactly what Piper Make allows anyone to do.”
Piper also launched its new Piper Make Robotics Expedition Kit, an add-on to their Piper Make platform, during the holiday season. With servo motors and custom laser-cut wood pieces that can be assembled using an engineering Blueprint, the Kit enables users to get started with story-based online lessons. This new Robotics Expedition Kit gives children hands-on experience building the robots they see in the world around us.
As a company largely focused in the United States, Piper has quickly grown into a global brand with products in over 50,000 homes in every continent.
Talking about her journey, Bose, who belongs to Kolkata, said that her grandfather’s cancer diagnosis and struggle sparked her exploration. “I’m excited to bring the opportunities I have been lucky to have to the next generation of Indian innovators. I’m confident that with a solid foundation in technology, confidence around building with hardware, and the innovative spirit of getting started with Piper, India will be a source of solutions to the world’s big challenges. I’m excited for Piper to be a part of it.”
Co-founder, Piper Inc.
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