A British tech startup made an official Harry Potter wand to teach kids how to code

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  • British tech startup Kano has partnered with Warner Brothers to release a build-it-yourself Harry Potter wand to teach children coding.
  • The wand will work in conjunction with an app which requires children to solve coding puzzles to perform spells in the world of Harry Potter.
  • The wand kits are currently only available for preorder, and will be released on October 1.

London-based startup Kano has announced that it’s launching a build-it-yourself wireless Harry Potter wand, which will help kids learn how to code.

Kano coding wandKanoThe wand itself will require assembly.

In partnership with Warner Brothers, Kano has built over 70 coding challenges on an app to be used in conjunction with the wand. Children work their way through the challenges and cast spells through waving the wand and solving coding puzzles.

Kano sad users will be able to “fire fireworks, make pumpkins grow, transfigure owls, make Butterbeer float, Broomsticks fly, chocolate frogs appear, Mandrakes disappear, and much more.”

Kano coding wandKanoThe wand will act as a cursor, and certain movements and flicks will correspond to magic spells.

The wand itself is equipped with a gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetometer to track its movement in 3D space.

Users will be able to visit much-loved locations in the wizarding world such as Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and the Forbidden Forest.

The app and wand will be compatible with iOS or Android tablets as well as Windows or Mac computers.

The kit is currently only available to pre-order for £99.99/$US99.99, and will go on sale in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand on October 1, 2018.

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