Sania Box Raspberry Pi 4 based DIY Kit is Designed for STEM Education (Crowdfunding)

Sania Box, A Special Kind of DIY RPi4 Based Kit

The 13-year-old Sania Jain is a young entrepreneur, published writer and tech aficionado who now offers an embedded computer kit called Sania Box. The Raspberry Pi 4 based embedded system kit comes with an add-on board and has been designed to develop coding skills in anyone 8 years old or more, and for learning IoT, STEM, and for all kinds of DIY fun.

Background

Some DIY RPi-based kits can be found in our archives, such as the Piper Computer Kit 2 made for children’s education, but there’s now another option thanks to Sania Jain who has been designing, building, and writing in the STEM arena for some time.

Sania Jain’s accomplishments are amazing, and look to be just her beginning in STEM-based endeavors.

A Concept With Wide Reach

The Sania Box was conceived by Sania Jain and built by Moonshot Jr Inc, who is a bit mysterious but headquartered in Silicon Valley. The Kickstarter campaign has been somewhat popular and their goal is nearly reached as of this writing.

The Basics of Sania Box

The box works with either Raspberry Pi 4 or 3 SBC with an add-on board, that has a number of different optional attachment choices:

    • Red and Green LED Lights
    • Three-digit – 7 Segment Display
    • Light Sensor
    • Gas Sensor
    • Thermal Sensor
    • Touch Sensor
    • Relay and Audio Buzzer

Safe and Fun

The add-on board is designed to be safe, and cable-free, where cable connections could be unsafe for children, Sania Box is safe for children and environmentally friendly.

Sania Box and Python Education

The Sania Box relies on Python to teach programming. Python has been selected because it allows younger coders to learn more easily. The language choice is only recommended as Sania Box can use any language supported by the Raspberry Pi.

The Premise of Sania Box

Sania Box is an initiative meant to help children learn computer engineering and development, as well as coding, IoT, and electronics. The projects that can be built with the Sania Box are meant to be fun and educational and reach many layers of children’s lives, such as school, home, aftercare/enrichment centers, museums, and activity centers.

The price point of Sania Box shows it has been developed with accessibility in mind, and rather than building a profit margin, it aims to be a sustainable educational tool.

In the box

  • Wired keyboard and mouse
  • Custom Case
  • USB-C Power supply
  • 16 GB SD card with pre-loaded software to help you start programming out of the box
  • HDMI cable to use a TV as your monitor
  • A Raspberry Pi Model 4 with 1 GB Ram and 64-bit quad-core processor to power the add-on board
  • The Sania Box embedded add-on board has the following features:
  • 2 LEDs (Red and Green) that can blink, keep steady, and turn off
  • Push Button
  • Thermal Sensor
  • Touch Sensor
  • Three-digit, 7-segment clock display
  • Relay Circuit
  • Light Sensor
  • Gas Sensor (CO2, methane, etc)

Just to refresh your memory

Raspberry Pi 4 specs

    • CPU – Broadcom BCM2711, Quad-core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.5GHz.
    • RAM – 1GB LPDDR4-2400 SDRAM
    • WiFI – 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz IEEE 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 5.0 BLE.
    • Ethernet – Gigabit.
    • USB – 2x USB 3.0 ports; 2x USB 2.0 ports.

Pricing and Delivery

At this time there is a $149.00 basic level Coders Edition for everything included. There are other offers for $129.00 Pledge for the first 200 boxes, but the initiative is accepting donations for the program to inspire coding and STEM in general. The project can be found on Kickstarter and April 2020 is the proposed shipping date.

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