About this project
How it started
Hi, My name is Judah and I am 12 years old. This last summer, the 71 club in my town asked me to put my mineral collection on display to create a geology show for their building reopening.
The show ran for 4 months through the summer, and had people stop in from all over the country to see our display, we even had people from as far away as China. It took us months of preparation and I learned something very interesting. There are lots of stands built to hold a mineral, but there was nothing that was an info display, and that is what I needed. So dad and I set to work to create some. However, I wanted my displays to be different. Whenever kids go into a museum, they are told not to touch. When kids came to our display, the first thing we told them was that you can touch. Ours were made with magnets so you can lift them off, touch them all you want and then put them back. For the first time, kids got to see cool specimens from around the world, and handle them as well. But I also wanted displays that people could order from all over the world. So they needed to come apart so they could be mailed. This is what we came up with, and you can see them in my video.
Whatever type of mineral and stand someone orders, it can be mailed in a small package to be assembled when it arrived. The next thing, was fossils. They cost a fortune, and kids like me can barely afford them. Megalodon teeth as an example can cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars. So I am creating replicas that feel, weigh and sound just like the real thing, but at a fraction of the price, so any kid can afford to have one. Right now the best you can get are black plastic ones instead of the ones I am making. More than that, I want to create a line of replicas so that anyone can buy one to have or to use for teaching, without costing them a fortune, like this trilobite you can see in the picture below with the megalodon teeth.
So instead of hundreds of dollars for a fossil this size, mine cost less than $30 including shipping right to your door. This is what we need your help with, and even a dollar can help!
Risks and challenges
Risks and challenges
As we have already had a 4 month show, which allowed us to develop our products, the only thing we need now is funding to take our project to the next level.
I'm super excited because I can see what a fantastic benefit this will have for teaching kids and even adults about geology.
We have three buildings in mind here in town to host our permanent display and manufacturing area already.
Thank you for considering helping.
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