We're the Parts and Crafts Collective! We run a kids' hackerspace, makerspace, and community workshop in Somerville, MA. where we help kids and their friends make their ideas and projects into events and objects. We'd like to help you, too!
What's a CSE?
It's a box of projects! Riffing on the idea of Community Supported Agriculture, where you buy into a farm and receive a box of veggies every week, we'll be sending out a monthly box of stuff -- craft, technology, and engineering projects -- to make and do. Each box will include materials, instructions, ideas, links to further research -- a semi-curated snapshot of what we're up to each month.
What might show up in your box?
Build your own lightsaber! (PVC, LEDs, and battery pack included) Introduction to lockpicking! How to juggle (and how to make your own juggling balls)! Turn your house into a marble run! A variety of exciting things to make and do and think about. Each month we will send out a major project and a couple of smaller projects and experiments. We will create instructions and package any materials that you aren't likely to already have lying around your house.
All of the projects will be developed month-by-month at Parts and Crafts, based on things we’ve tested with kids (or have been developed by kids) in our summer and year-long programs.
Where does the money go?
The project will provide the seed funds for kit development and will give us a place to test out our ideas –everyone who subscribes will get a “share,” and we’ll get a chance to see how the kits work, and how to adapt them as the year progresses. We’d hope to have at least 100 people sign up to get kits, and use Kickstarter as a way to gauge interest and share ideas for the project.
Any additional funds will go towards supporting the grand dream -- a year-round open workshop for kids, where kids, adults, and creative people can drop in to work on projects, acquire new tools and skills, and work together to make things, and make things happen.
What's the target age range for your kits?
The kits, like most of our programs, will be aimed at kids between the ages of 7 and 12 (perhaps requiring a bit of parental guidance on the lower end), but will be projects that we, as curious and playful adults, find compelling as well.
As we grow all of our programs, we want to expand into doing more work with teens. If a similar program for teens and young adults seems interesting to you, let us know and we'll consider starting something like it after we get this off the ground.
Shipping, Local Pickup, Build-Parties
Base rates for the CSE are based on local pickup in the Somerville area, where every month we'll host a build party in our workshop for CSE subscribers to pick up their kits and work on their projects together. Details on this to follow!
If you're interested in setting up a build day in your school, workshop, hackerspace, girl/boy scout troops, but don't live in the Somerville area, send us an email! We'd love to help you start such a thing in your own area.
We're happy to ship to anywhere in the United States for an additional $5 per box (it's slightly higher than, say, Amazon, because we don't currently have bulk shipping and aren't quite sure how much stuff is going to weigh) We can talk about international shipping but think that the costs would probably make it not-particularly-worthwhile to you.
(If you made a pledge before we added this note expecting to have your boxes delivered to you, don't worry! As our very first supporters, we're perfectly happy to give you a shipping discount!)
And, because the long list of options on the righthand side of the screen is confusing, here's the subscription cost breakdown:
1 month -- $30 local pickup, $35 with shipping
3 months -- $90 local pickup, $105 with shipping
6 months -- $150 local pickup, $180 with shipping
12 months -- $250 local pickup, $300 with shipping
Thanks to everyone who checked out this page and took a look at the video! Thanks also to Jonah Dempcy for writing an amazing song (“Humans in Universe”) and putting it under a Creative Commons License, and to Mike Chaput, flickr user 427, for doing the same with a photograph of a delicious looking box of veggies.
Lastly, many thanks to Sprout, for use of the photo of the as-yet-unreconstructed Streetbeest -- and to Alec and Shaunalynn, for spearheading reconstruction in the basement of Parts and Crafts. We encourage you to check out their work!
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