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$7,072
pledged of 80.000 $pledged of 80.000 $ goal
75
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, June 8 2013 8:50 AM UTC +00:00

About

Where in the World is ???
(International shipping is now available for all rewards upon request, please message me for more details.)

     Our children need to know where in the world they are, and how everything fits together.  We can take a plane and be on the other side of the world in a day.  We can talk to people anywhere in the world instantly, and see them too, if we use Skype.  We live in a global society, and the first step to becoming a global citizen is to learn where the countries, cities, oceans, and rivers of the world are located.

     Young students who learn the physical location of these things will have a mental place to organize and file information about the world as they grow up.  Once they have learned the framework of where everything is located, students can move on to deeper learning about the world; its history, politics, cultures, and geology.

Our Puzzles

     We’ve designed these map puzzles to give students a hands-on tool for learning the geography of the world.  Each country is a piece, so they see its shape and place it next to its surrounding countries.  Some very small countries are combined with a neighboring country together on one
piece.  Handling the pieces and placing them in the puzzle reinforces their location.

“I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.”
-Confucius

     You can choose from two types of backgrounds….rectangular or free form. The puzzles are so colorful and attractive that some people choose to hang them on the wall to store them. For this we think the free form background is more artistically pleasing. Schools have told us they prefer the rectangular background because it fits into their shelving units best, and their wall space is at a premium.

     We have a special Continents and Oceans puzzle designed just for Kickstarter. It’s a smaller version of our Continents & Oceans puzzle. It goes together like a regular jigsaw puzzle and doesn’t have a background tray. The girls in the video are putting this one together on the floor.

     All of our puzzles are made using high grade, 1/4” or 3/8” Russian birch faced plywood.  The magnetic puzzles pieces with a background tray are 3/8” thick, and the smaller Kickstarter special puzzle pieces are 1/4” thick.  The words are etched into the wood (not on bits of paper and glued on).  All of the puzzles are finished with child safe paint and clear finish.  Our prototype puzzles were precision cut with a laser in our local Fab Lab.  This makes pieces interchangeable….if pieces are lost you will be able to purchase replacement pieces that fit perfectly.  If a country changes name or borders you will be able to purchase a new piece as well.

     We are asking for $80k because the laser cutting machine we need costs $35k or $40k depending on which model we are able to afford. If we receive $80k on the nose in pledges, after production, shipping, and labor expenses we would need to invest about $5k to purchase the $35k laser cutter.

     In order to purchase our own laser machine we need a minimum first run of 800 puzzles.  We have an agreement with a small local factory where we will produce the puzzles.  They are letting us use their factory space in exchange for use of the laser machine when it's not being used for our business.  We are all ready to start production and deliver your puzzle in August to be used for next school year.  Please help us by ordering now so we can get these puzzles out to as many kids as possible!

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge for us will be dealing with a large surplus above our goal of 800 orders. However we are confident that we can overcome this challenge as we have a good team of people that are willing, able, and ready to work for us to complete the puzzles as soon as we raise the money and give them the go ahead. We are strong believers in the fact that a good product sells itself, and we believe we have a good product. This would be a very good challenge to face, and if this happens we will do our absolute best to get all orders out in a timely fashion (I've worked 80 hour weeks before and I'm not afraid to do so again, especially when it comes to my business! :)

P.S. All products are made right here in Michigan in the good ol' US of A!

P.P.S. International shipping is now available upon request, please message me with your location and desired reward for more info!

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    Backers will receive an email from the president of the company thanking you for your interest and support and an update upon completion of the project. This reward will be included at every support level. Thanks guys every dollar helps!

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    Choose this reward for internationally shipped puzzles. Message me for international shipping rates and pledge prices for various puzzles.

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    KEY CHAIN OF YOUR STATE:
    You will get a wooden puzzle piece
    keychain of the state of your choice.
    You will be informed about new
    hands-on learning products as we
    introduce them.
    (Next we have a kit for learning to
    read and compose music in the works)

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    You will get a keychain, accompanied by a hand-written thank you letter from Scott or Kathy.

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    You will get a keychain, a 5 minute recorded video interview via email with the designer discussing the design process and the challenges she's faced during the project, and an exclusive pair of paper Wonder Woman wrist bracers as made and modeled by the girls in the video :)

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    KICKSTARTER SPECIAL
    CONTINENTS & OCEANS:
    You will get a 13 piece puzzle
    with ¼“ thick pieces. Each
    continent and ocean is a separate
    piece (2 for the Pacific Ocean) .
    No background tray or magnetics.
    15" wide by 7 1/2" high. This is the puzzle the girls are playing with in the video!

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    You will get a Kickstarter special puzzle, a keychain, and a 5 minute recorded video interview via email with the designer discussing the design process and the challenges she's faced during the project.

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    A BEGINNER PUZZLE:
    Recommended for grades K - 2
    You will get your choice of these
    2 beginner puzzles (fewer pieces).
    Both have your choice of free form
    or rectangular background tray
    and have magnetics:
    Continents & Oceans 13 pieces, 23” x 17¼”
    South America 13 pieces, 13½” x 17½”

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    AN INTERMEDIATE PUZZLE:
    Recommended for grades 3 - 4
    You will get your choice of these 3
    intermediate puzzles (more pieces).
    All have your choice of free form or
    rectangular background tray and
    have magnetics:
    Canada 18 pieces, 21” 17½”
    North America 21 pieces, 17½” x 21”
    Oceania 21 pieces, 23½” x 15”

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    AN ADVANCED PUZZLE:
    Recommended for grades 5 - 6
    You will get your choice of these 4
    advanced puzzles (even more pieces).
    All have your choice of free form or
    rectangular background tray and
    have magnetics:
    Europe 34 pieces, 22¾” x 17½”
    Asia 40 pieces, 23” x 17 ¼“
    Africa 41 pieces, 17½” x 22¾”
    USA 51 pieces, 21½” x 17½”

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    You will get a keychain, and your choice of any one(1) puzzle, beginner, intermediate or advanced, signed in permanent marker by either Scott or Kathy with the marker color of your choice. You will also receive a 5 minute recorded video interview with the designer via email discussing the design process and the challenges she faced during the project.

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    COMPLETE SET OF 9 PUZZLES: You will get all 9 puzzles. This is a great gift for your
    neighborhood elementary school!

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    You will get all 9 puzzles, a keychain, a kickstarter special puzzle, an exclusive set of paper Wonder Woman wrist bracers as made and modeled by the girls in the video, and a 30 minute live Skype interview with the designer to discuss thoughts on learning, education, geography, and anything else your heart desires! :)

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Funding period

- (30 days)