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The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, October 9 2015 9:30 PM UTC +00:00
$3,258
pledged of $5,000pledged of $5,000 goal
81
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, October 9 2015 9:30 PM UTC +00:00

About

We are developing the leading digital library of 3D-printable manipulatives for K-12 STEM education backed with vetted curriculum. This Kickstarter offers you access to our digital files, where you'll be able to print a wide library of kits. These kits will be available through an online shopping portal with direct internet-based streaming from our library to your printer. With 200 print credits you'll be able to print 1 kit!

PLUS - Our first 150 backers get early Beta Access and DOUBLE print credits!

That means you get access to our Beta shopping portal in November instead of our official site launching in January. You'll also get double the print credits so you can help us to finesse the system and make it perfect for our official launch January 31st.

 How will I receive these kits?

If you choose a "shipping" reward, we'll mail it to you. To access your print credits, you'll follow the below procedure.

If you choose a "streaming" reward, we'll have you set up an account. Our website will be set up using a credit system. Each kit corresponds to approximately 200 credits. You will receive 200 credits/kit ordered based on the reward tier you selected. Point system subject to change over time. For a list of compatible 3D printers, scroll down.

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Check us out on Facebook  & Twitter (@mystemkits). You can also visit us directly on our website at MyStemKits.com.

We are proud to support the majority of the desktop 3D printers available in the world today. Below is an expanding list of just some of the 3D printers that work with our system.

We are a group of educators, artists, technology specialists, and businessmen committed to bringing affordable, engaging, and instructional 3D manipulatives to K-12 education through the power of 3D-printing. Furthermore, we understand that effective hands-on-learning combines engaging manipulatives with quality curriculum. This is why our STEM kits come backed with vetted, interdisciplinary curriculum written by teachers and content-area experts. We have worked for years to assemble an unparalleled digital library of supplies teachers, parents, and camp coordinators can print and use right in their home, classroom, or library. By backing us, you'll be helping us create a user-oriented online platform with direct-to-printer streaming.

We work on a daily basis with the FCR-STEM team to ensure that all of our kits exceed teacher expectations. The kits and curriculum are designed concurrently and so they enhance each other and ensure that both products are as effective and engaging as possible.

Through an iterative design process, we determine not only the best design from a pedagogical standpoint, we also ensure that the kit is as economical as possible. And finally, we prepare all parts for ease of printing, designing them with the unique capabilities of 3D printing in mind. We design all of our models to print easily and consistently, building in supports and integrating design elements to eliminate the need for costly and time-consuming printer-generated supports, rafts, and brims.

As time continues, we will be adding more and more kits and more and more curriculum to our online library. We will be adding integration options for new 3D printers, and finessing the print files for the 3D printers we currently support.

What Teachers Are Saying:

What this Kickstarter is going to accomplish:

As you can see, we've already made great progress in making this dream a reality. We will be releasing a portal for district-wide subscriptions within a few months. But we need help putting the finishing touches on a consumer-friendly interface for everyone to use. The funding from this project will go towards not only the production and shipping of the physical goods, but also the development of a user-oriented online shopping experience where our entire library of kits complete with access to their curriculum will be available for streaming directly to the printers in your home, school, or library.

Moreover, we're using this Kickstarter to recruit Beta testers for our shopping portal. We don't have access to all the printers our kits are compatible with, so we'll be able to work with you to perfect each of our kits on each of the printers currently compatible with our system.

And, if we go beyond our funding goal, we've got some more great things planned. See below:

Press:

A 3D Printable STEM Curriculum Launches on Kickstarter - (article regarding our first Kickstarter)

MyStemKits & 3DPrinterOS to Bring Educational 3D Printables Library to Schools

MyStemKits Launches New Kickstarter Campaign for 3D Printed STEM Education Manipulables

MyStemKits & 3DPrinterOS Partner to Make 3D Printing Education Streamlined & User Friendly

MyStemKits Partners with Dremel Offering Access to Ten Free Educational 3D Printing Kits

MyStemKits Launches - (article regarding our first Kickstarter)

Dremel Provides Support For Education With MyStemKits

FAQs:

(More below.)

What 3D printers are compatible with your system?

We are proud to support the majority of the desktop 3D printers available in the world today. Below is an expanding list of just some of the 3D printers that work with our system.

Full Support:

BQ Prusa i3 Hephestos, BQ Prusa i3 Hephestos XL, BQ Witbox, Felix 3.0, Leapfrog Creatr, Leapfrog Creatr HS, Leapfrog Creatr XL, Makerbot Replicator, Makerbot Replicator 2, Makerbot Replicator 2x, Mass Portal Pharoah ED, PrintrBot Simple, PrintrBot Simple Metal, Prusa i3, Prusa Mendel, Rapide 3D Lite 200, Rapide 3D Lite 200 XL, Renkforce RF1000, RepRap Mendel, RepRap Mendel90, RepRapPro Mendel, RepRapPro Ormerod, Rigidbot, Tinkerine DittoPro, Tinkerine Ditto Plus, Ultimaker 1, Ultimaker 2, Wanhao Duplicator 3, Wanhao Duplicator 4, Wanhao Duplicator 4S Wanhao Duplicator 4X, Wanhao Duplicator 5, Xplorer 3D Pro, Zmorph 3D

Experimental Support:
Airwolf
HD2x, Airwolf3D XL, BeeTheFirst (Only for GNU/Linux), Bukito, Bukobot, Kossel Mini, PolyPrinter 229, Stuffmaker Evolution, Velleman K8400

And more are being added on a regular basis.

What is STEM?

S.T.E.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. We work to design kits which touch on at least one of these subjects, and we strive to make as many of them as truly interdisciplinary as possible.

Risks and challenges

We are facing very few risks. We have already seen the finished products of the kits we're planning to ship out and have thoroughly tested all of our kits for ease of printability. We've run sample test prints remotely with our Alpha system. Of course, technology has its inherent risks, but from all of our tests with 3DPrinterOS, we are confident that it will work.

The only possible setback to everyone getting access to all of our kits without a hitch is that we don't own all of the printers our files are compatible with. This means we haven't been able to go through thorough testing on each and every type of printer for each and every file. And from the variety of printers we have worked with, we've discovered that they all have personalities. What prints perfectly fine every time on one type of printer will fail every time on another type. We expect a bit of this with some of the printers we've never worked with. So, along the way, we'll need you to work with us. If you have a print job that doesn't work the first time, let us know, and we'll work with you and your printer to ensure we have a file that will work.

We've done what we can up front. We've tested our files to ensure quality prints on all of the printers we have worked with and will continue, with your help, to perfect the files for each of the printers out there. Thank you so much for your help and understanding as we go through this process together!

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    Motion Cart (retail $50)
    Force Motion Sensor (retail $100)
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Funding period

- (45 days)