At Maker Faire Bay Area 2017, my most favorite is CoderBunnyz!
with Coder Bunnyz （コーダーバニーズ、サマイラちゃんと！）
Ms. Samaira girl CEO created a board game to learn programming.
List, Stack, Queue and so on... you can learn important things with programming with fun!
Programming Club Network (PCN) our mission is programming for every kids in the world.
IchigoJam is $15 computer to learn programming for kids.
It's inexpensive, very simple architecture, circuit as simple as kids can build on the breadboard.
Like Raspberry Pi?
Yes but simpler. You don't need to install OS. It boots a second and any time you can shutdown.
Yes but you don't need another PC. IchigoJam is self development PC. You have to prepare a TV, a keyboard(PS/2) and a micro USB.
Like Comodore 64 / Apple-I/II?
Yes! You and your kids can enjoy computing! And you can control Inputs and Outputs very easilly!
BASIC is simple and powerful computer language. Young kids can read easilly with all short commands are written by upper cases.
Line numbers helps understanding what program is and how program works in computers. BASIC has 50 years history and many fans and mini experts can teach to kids!
Ichigo means strawberry in Japanese. Also "Ichi" is "One", "Go" is "Five" in Japanese. So $15 computer like Raspberry Pi.
Just $1 CPU, 32bit Arm Cortex-M0 "LPC1114" by NXP.
But it can calculate 50,000,000 times a second!
It has 4K RAM and 32K Flash ROM. The size of IchigoJam OS is less than 24KB. You can save 4 1KB programs in BASIC on it.
What do I prepare to start?
A PS/2 keyboard, a TV (as a monitor with composit terminal) and a microUSB.