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Kindle a fire in the hearts of young makers by funding free make-and-take pressure sensitive switch kits for the Detroit Maker Faire.
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Using common materials found around the home, anyone can make this simple pressure sensitive switch. I took a few hundred kits to the Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire to give away and to encourage young and old makers alike - you don't need soldering stations, expensive electronic kits, or test equipment to safely play with electronics. 

Due to my limited budget, I was only able to provide one free pressure sensitive switch per family.  This seemed reasonable to me until I discovered at the faire that the families with multiple children would always have the boy build it, while the girl, obviously interested, would only be able to look on.

I have more space at the Detroit Maker Faire for this Make and Take project, and this time I want to have enough kits to give one to every single person that is interested.

This is where I need your help.  Last year there were about twenty thousand people who attended the Detroit Maker Faire.  If I can raise $2,000, I can give them away to about 10% of the people who visit the Faire.  Any money raised beyond $2,000 will go into preparing more kits.  I'll hand them out, and have people build them at the Ann Arbor Hands On Museum tent until we run out.  The amount of money pledged will determine how long until we run out.

For those new to KickStarter, if we don't make the minimum goal by the deadline, none of the donations are collected, so please help us reach the minimum by the deadline!

Delivery of rewards will take place during August.  Sponsorships at the $50, $200, $500, and $1,000 levels will include a thank you printed on each pad given out at the Faire.

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    Pledge US$ 1 or more About US$ 1

    Sponsor a sensor - Introduce one more kid to easy electronics + get early access to the Kit Instructions.

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    Pledge US$ 5 or more About US$ 5

    We'll send you a sensor kit + this will open up the world of electronics to several kids at the faire.

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    We'll send you four sensor kits + give you early access to the Arduino code for the memory game + you'll be encouraging teenage electronic enthusiasts to have fun at the faire!

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    Pledge US$ 15 or more About US$ 15

    We'll send you a buzzer and sensor kit + give you early access to the Arduino code for the memory game + this donation will earn the appreciation of several children who will be able to annoy their parents more!

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    You'll get 2 buzzer and sensor kits + early access to the Arduino code + help several adults act like kids again as they play with scissors and glue.

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    As an Official Sponsor we'll print your name or a website on each pad we give out (35 characters max). Thank you for encouraging more makers!

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    Pledge US$ 75 or more About US$ 75

    Classroom kit - We'll send you 30 pressure sensor kits + instructions + a short video on additional activities to use with the sensor.

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    Pledge US$ 100 or more About US$ 100

    Be a part of the Maker Faire - not just an attendee - as you help us at the booth for 4-6 hours on Saturday or Sunday by instructing people how to build their kits. Two day admission to the faire is included + an assembled Arduino game kit with four sensor pads. Travel and accommodations not included.

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    Pledge US$ 125 or more About US$ 125

    Classroom buzzer kit - 30 buzzers and sensor kits (no soldering required) + batteries + assembly instructions + short video on additional activities to use with the sensor. Great for birthday parties!

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    Pledge US$ 200 or more About US$ 200

    Official Silver sponsor. We'll print your name and website, or logo, or QR code (up to 1.5 square inches) on each pad that we hand out + We'll send you one Arduino game kit (assembled) with four sensor pads. Enable more makers!

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    Pledge US$ 500 or more About US$ 500

    Official Gold Sponsor. We'll print your name, website, logo, or your business card (up to 6 square inches) on each sensor we give away + We'll send you one Arduino game kit (assembled) with four sensor pads + a buzzer kit with a sensor pad and battery. Thank you for empowering more makers!

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    Pledge US$ 1,000 or more About US$ 1,000

    You become our Official Platinum sponsor. We'll print your logo, name, and website at the top of our sponsor list on each sensor (up to 12 square inches) + We'll send you one Arduino game kit (assembled) with four sensor pads + a buzzer kit with a sensor pad + battery + 30 additional sensors. Thank you for playing a primary role in making more makers!

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