Announcing New Computers and Printers for Children As Part of a Junior Camping Hackathon

Children will be able to learn mining for cybercurrencies, 3d printing and coding while they build their own computers, play on the beach and sail as part of an active camping experience.

That’s the curriculum that is being planned in regions as far flung as Hawaii and Uruguay.  Children, staying in houses and dormitories, will be exposed to the outdoors during much of the day. But at the same time they will learn how to mine for cybercurrencies, 3d print and put together computers for less than $300.

It’s part of a process being developed by Kai Canoe, the brainchild of yachtsman and adventurer David Murry who has written the Kai children’s books. The Kai book series pays tribute to the rediscovered voyaging tradition of Polynesian culture and feature a young “island” pig named Kai who is befriended by the “Navigator.”

This Navigator is building a Polynesian Voyaging Canoe and intends to sail it around the world. When Kai stows away on the Navigator’s double-hulled canoe, his adventures really begin. The Hokule’a is a full scale Hawaiian version which is returning home after a 5 year circumnavigation.

The idea of the larger Kai Canoe environment is to get children working together. Computers can be printed in a living room using a modest-sized printer. So can smartphones and even more 3d printers should be printed and made available to more of the community. Then bring on the widely distributed disruption! The computers can be developed via such formats as the commercially available Pi-Top.

The Pi-Top has all the functions of a normal laptop, but its inventors hope it will be used to teach children to become more computer literate by learning how to dismantle and reassemble it.

In addition to creating their own computer, children will have the opportunity to “mine” bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. The equations necessary for the mining are already available and simply need to be plugged in.

Children can help Kai Canoe raise a good deal of awareness and literacy at Camp Kai. This in turn will help the children become more prepared for the future. Camp Kai is funded by investors for an eventual shift to a non-profit organization after 20 years. Proceeds then are 100% returned to educating the next generations of leaders.

The other major aspect of the Kai Coin involves a novel decentralized method to create new stories through the preservation of endangered and extinct cultures. The 3d animation of the Kai stories will in turn create a myriad of print and multimedia products.

Ultimately, people will be able to create their own Kai stories and some may be chosen for e-books, video-games and animation.

The Kai Canoe program is modeled on the Finnish education system which is the most successful program of its type. Finnish students are in school four to five hours a day, and the rest of the time are playing either outside or inside – with no homework.

For more information, please write to David Murry at

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