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Building creative confidence with our first activity book, Journey to Cloud City. Join Myra & use your imagination to help new friends.
184 backers pledged $6,385 to help bring this project to life.

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We are SO grateful for all of our backers so far!

Together, we will excite kids with a love of learning and inspire them to become the heroes of their own creative adventures! If you love this mission as much as we do, please share this campaign with your friends-- every little bit helps in this last stretch of our campaign. We're almost there- 65%!

About the Book 

Myra Makes, Journey to Cloud City contains 64 pages of fun, adventure-based activities for ages 6-10. The story will guide you through a variety of landscapes and learning opportunities with Myra and friends. 

Myra Makes activities incorporate a wide range of learning goals, along with exciting mazes, word finders, and coloring pages.

One of our favorite aspects of Journey to Cloud City is that it provides ample opportunities for tactile learning when paired with arts and crafts supplies to bring imagination to life! Here are some of our favorite creations:

Clockwise from top: space base, saving the bunny, saving the bunny (again), building a town
Clockwise from top: space base, saving the bunny, saving the bunny (again), building a town

The Myra Makes team is proud to say that over the last two years we’ve contributed over 4,500 hours to developing our products and our mission. In this time, we’ve completed the interior of the book, volunteered our time to facilitate children’s programs at countless community events, interviewed dozens of families to understand our customer needs, completed the Catalyze CU accelerator program, and much more. We are tweaking the book for this Kickstarter to address some common concerns: the binding and the cover. 

 We are also working on a cover redesign to give Myra the introduction she deserves!

Here's a video with more background about the book, our top three favorite things, and more:

Testimonials

Testimonial video coming soon!

Where Your Money Is Going

Your Kickstarter pledge will help this growing startup by covering the costs associated with:

Additionally, if this campaign is successful, we'll donate 200 books to underfunded educational programs in Colorado! 

Get Involved

Myra Makes wouldn't be possible without the support from hundreds of teachers, parents, guardians, and friends like you. We invite your participation in the Myra Makes movement by: 

Joining our Facebook community to connect with fellow Myra Makes educators 

Sending your ideas for future stories, characters, & activities to Create@MyraMakes.com 

Sending general comments or schedule a 30-minute phone interview with our founder so we can better understand customer values and challenges by emailing Contact@MyraMakes.com

Reaching our founder Eliot Kersgaard directly at 303-304-4659, 8 AM- 8 PM MST

Our Story & Vision

Myra Makes began as a little project for a design thinking class at CU Boulder in May 2014. Originally created to inspire young girls with an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), Myra experienced a long hibernation while the original founders (Ted Thayer, Braeden Miguel, and Eliot Kersgaard) worked on other projects together.

Myra Makes founders and friends in Fall 2015
Myra Makes founders and friends in Fall 2015

Then, in Spring 2016, Ted, Braeden and Eliot returned to Myra Makes and re-imagined it as a startup to help excite kids with an interest in problem solving and design thinking skills. That summer, we led our first day-camps to research and explore different methods of achieving that vision. During that program, the idea for Journey to Cloud City was born. Using basic graphics, we produced our very first version of the book to send home with the families that participated in the program.

Early testers of Journey to Cloud City
Early testers of Journey to Cloud City
From that point on, we began testing the prompts and concepts from the books with as many families as possible-- numbers that quickly grew into the hundreds. At the same time, we developed our art style (moving away from clipart to create our own original graphics), new characters, and the story arc. 

The evolution of Journey to Cloud City, June 2016-Present
The evolution of Journey to Cloud City, June 2016-Present

Shortly after, we created more tactile Myra Makes products, including a maker kit with dioramas we use at events to turn Myra Makes challenges into more hands-on experiences.
Myra Makes dioramas in action at our launch party, May 2017
Myra Makes dioramas in action at our launch party, May 2017

 In spring of 2017, we began to dedicate full-time hours to the young company. We started to gain traction and participated in the Catalyze CU accelerator program summer of 2017. With a team of amazing interns, we created our new logo, finished developing the book, and started experimenting with an app version.

Myra Makes founders + interns at Catalyze CU Demo Day, July 2017
Myra Makes founders + interns at Catalyze CU Demo Day, July 2017
Myra Makes, Journey to Cloud City had its soft launch July 2017 and, through much effort, found its way into 14 retailers along the Front Range of Colorado, to blog reviewers from Denver to Dubai, and onto Amazon. 

As of January 2018, the Myra Makes team consists of one original founder, as the others have left to pursue other passions. My name is Eliot and I’m incredibly excited about the opportunity to continue the company through my love for creative education and empowerment. You can hear about my visions for the future of Myra Makes in the video below.

 

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Reach Eliot from 8 AM-8 PM MST at 303-304-4659 or 24/7 at Contact@MyraMakes.com.

Thank You

Special thanks to all the friends, parents, kids, and believers that have helped bring this adventure to life.

In particular, we’d like to thank: Ted Thayer & Braeden Miguel, for their friendship and roles in founding Myra Makes; Brackitz Building System, for their sponsorship and support; Elena Hansen, for her continued support and contributions to the design of Myra; Becky Komarek, Tim O’Shea, and Cherish Spengler, for their support during Catalyze CU 2017; RAFT Colorado, for mentorship, support, and providing an incredible educational resource to the community; the CU ATLAS program, for their support, resources, and insights; our parents, for their printers, basements, and enduring support;; SarahDawn Haynes and the CU Environmental Center, for their everlasting mentorship and support; the CU Museum of Natural History, for their continued support; Rainbow Lightning Youth Village, for their continued support and mentorship; and the CU Science Discovery Center, for their continued support and mentorship.

Risks and challenges

Challenge One:
Cover redesign. We are in the process of redesigning the cover of Journey to Cloud City and won't be able to fulfill any orders until we are 100% satisfied with the result. The cover redesign will be a couple-week process with no anticipated delays. Any delay in fulfillment as a result of cover redesign will be communicated to backers.

Challenge Two:
Proofing and printing the books. In our experience getting print-ready books available for sale, the proofing process typically takes longer than expected as we must check that all colors are perfect, margins are correct, and so on. We will be able to begin the proofing process with our printer once we reach the funding goal, and it will likely take 2-4 weeks. After that, the printing process should be complete within 2 weeks. Any delay in fulfillment as a result of proofing and printing will be clearly communicated to backers.

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    Provide a scholarship (or register your child, if you're in the Denver metro area) for our Creator's Day Camp, this July 23-27. You will also receive one spiral bound copy of Journey to Cloud City, printed on recycled paper. The goal of this camp is to give participants the tools and space necessary to bring a creative project to life! We will be drawing on biomimicry, permaculture and design thinking to create collaborative projects that serve a social purpose.

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