Kids are starting to use computers to play games and entertain themselves, but how do you make a kid’s dream of learning to code, edit and program their own computer come true?
This week, the tech startup TechCrunch is launching a contest for parents to create the most unique and imaginative computer ever.
The winning entry will receive $25,000 and the chance to build their own personal computer with a custom chip designed by TechCrunch founder and CEO Adam Brock.
If you think you’ve got what it takes to design and build a custom computer in a kid-friendly, non-threatening way, you can submit your project through the TechCrunch website at the bottom of this article.
And if you’re interested in taking your design to the next level, we’ve put together a guide on how to create your own kids’ computer.
First, learn how to program a computer.
The basic instructions on the Techcrunch website will guide you through the process, from programming the basic hardware to configuring the software.
You’ll also learn how easy it is to add additional features and customize the design.
The winner will be announced during a live online coding event on Thursday, October 4.
The entry will also have to be designed to fit the requirements of the contest.
For instance, if you want to make the most sophisticated computer in the house, you’ll need to design a custom CPU, memory and a hard drive that fits snugly into the space between the keyboard and monitor.
You won’t be able to just swap out any components, but the computer will need to fit into the confines of the home.
The most innovative design we can think of, in terms of the way in which it will fit into a child’s home, is this one from TechCrunch:The other two entries, one by a kid and one by an adult, are more limited in what they can do.
You need to use a computer with 8GB of RAM, a USB 2.0 hub, a power supply that can power the processor and a full-size monitor.
The best idea, we think, is to use an Arduino computer.
It’s simple, easy to program, affordable, and uses a standard computer chip.
We’re also big fans of the Raspberry Pi, and the Raspberry Pis’ low price and low power consumption are appealing to many parents.
If your computer can be made in the home, we’d love to hear about your plans.
Tell us about it in the comments below.