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These middle schoolers built a computer from scratch. Now they feel ready for Google.

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WATCH| It's not every day middle schoolers get to see the inside of a computer, let alone build one from scratch. This was a first for students at Hawthorne Middle School in California thanks to a donation from Piper Computers. They're saying it made them realize that an engingeering job might be fun.

students at Hawthorne Middle School learn how to build a computer

The goal of Piper Computer Kits is to demystify technology.

"Providing these kits for the novice engineer helps students realize what they're capable of," said Tommy Gibbons, head of customer experience at Piper.

The Piper team matched a donation of computer kits from Chaac Ventures to make this interactive experience possible at Hawthorne Middle School. Without the donation, the lesson would have cost $2,600.

Piper's founder came up with the idea three years ago after struggling to bring computers and infrastructure to children in India. He thought if students could learn to build their own, they'd have the technology they needed at much lower costs.

image c/o Piper Inc.

Piper Computers has developed quite a bit since its Kickstarter launched. Now they're in 200 schools on five continents, and they even integrate Minecraft to make coding lessons more fun.

Want to help get Piper in more schools?

Click here to check out their curriculum, and to contact them directly to learn more or collaborate on matching donations of Piper Computer kits.

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