Thank you so much for backing our SparkFun National Tour Kickstarter campaign. Despite falling short of our goal we learned a lot about designing campaigns, crowd-sourced fundraising, and the challenges of tackling big projects around the holiday season. Most importantly, we were amazed at the outpouring of support from people both by donations as well as offers to volunteer as boots on the ground in several communities throughout the U.S. We are so incredibly grateful to be part of such an amazing community. The humbling Kickstarter failure is balanced by the enthusiasm of everyone who has reached out to us during the campaign.
From the very beginning we have been dedicated to running some version of the national tour regardless of the outcome of this campaign. Our decision to create a Kickstarter project for this endeavor was to encourage the community to participate in the fundraising and planning of this adventure. Hidden inside this campaign are so many successes that it's not hard to see all the potential that arises from this opportunity. All fifty states and the District of Columbia made the map, we had nine backers pull together $2500 to ensure that we would make it to their community, and we created relationships with many new friends who are as excited about STEAM and electronics education as we are.
The Department of Education at SparkFun Electronics will find a way to hit the road again in 2013. While we may not be able to promise a stop in every state, we will do our best to reach as many communities across the nation as we can. For those of you who are interested in communicating with us about the potential for a stop on our 2013 tour, please feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again for all of your support and we look forward to working with you to make some version of this tour a reality in 2013.
Lindsay Levkoff, Ph.D., Director of Education