By Ross Williams
Alpharetta students will soon be able to build their own classroom computers, thanks to a partnership with a London-based startup.
Alpharetta will be the launch city for Kano Computing, which provides easy-to-build computer kits.
“It’s very kid-friendly; the pieces kind of snap together like a LEGO set,” said Cherisse Campbell, principal of Alpharetta’s Amana Academy. “It looks like a real computer, they just make the parts more robust with plastic casing on the outside, but the kids can actually see the brains of the computer as opposed to making it too childish.”
Amana has been involved with Kano for the past two years as part of a beta program. It is a STEM-focused public charter school with 750 students from kindergarten to 8th grade. Campbell said it is open to students across Fulton County and enrollment will last through January.