About this project
WE MADE IT!!!!
Thanks to every one of you for supporting Explorey Stories but we aren't done yet. The more we raise the more you get. We will add more stories to your collections, we can upgrade the app, we can do storytelling tours--all for our Kickstarter backers. The ideas are endless so keep spreading the word. Only a few more hours!!!
THE JOURNEY BEGINS:
A long, long time ago, in a land not too far from your land--years before the amazing technology of touchscreens and animation--people would gather around campfires, or in a tree house, or even on the family room floor and tell stories.
We like technology as much as the next person. In fact, we wouldn't want to live without it. But something isn't quite right when the only stories a child hears come from a fancy app that does everything save make dinner for the family. And that is why we developed Explorey Stories--to create a synthesis of the wonderful technology around us, with the creativity inside of us.
Explorey Stories believes there's a storyteller in every heart. Our Explorey Stories books and apps show families and educators how to turn the classics (Fairy Tales, Greek Mythology, Bible Stories, Shakespeare, etc.) into unforgettable adventures.
How do we do this, you may ask?
Every Explorey Story begins with the Adventure Pack, which is a list of items you will use to tell the story--sheets, pillows, towels, toys ,etc. You will find all of the Adventure pack items in your home. And that is one of the most important concepts of Explorey Stories--everything you need to make the stories come alive are common household items. So, there's no need to buy anything extra.
Families or classrooms go on an expedition to discover these items and when you complete the Adventure Pack, Explorey Stories begins.
Each Explorey Story contains a multitude of spontaneous activities (called Sidetracks) and educational experiments (called Road Trips). We designed the Sidetrack activities to create a sense of play and creativity while you read the story. The Road Trip activities are more complex and you perform them after the story as to continue the learning process. We designed the Road Trips with education in mind and they reinforce many math, science, fine arts and language arts principles.
Explorey Stories has it all--classic tales, education and FUN. So when you don't have the creative energy that your kids demand, open the app and go on the adventure. Story time will never be the same thanks to Explorey Stories.
We spoke to many developers who said that they could design our app without a problem. But there was one who seemed to appreciate our concept more than the others. After we pitched Explorey Stories to him he said:
"Looks like a really fun project. My 3 kids are all grown up now (19, 21,and 24) but they would have loved something like this when they were little."
Ladies and gentleman, meet Eric Fontana. Eric has over 20 years experience designing and implementing client/server solutions including the World Wide Web 2.0 as well as custom-written applications. He obtained his Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering from Northeastern University and his Master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Colorado. Visit his website:
Among his many designing endeavors, Eric developed an app for a small organization that may sound familiar...THE MIAMI DOLPHINS!!! Check out his app:
We told Eric we wanted an app that is easy to navigate and that didn't rely on technology to tell the story. We feel that the magic of stories is in the telling, not the animation on the app. And after a few conversations, we came up with a few ideas of what the Explorey Stories app might look like--VERY EXCITING!!
We know everyone wants to be the hero. And in this equation, if you are the hero then Explorey Stories is the cute green frog waiting for the kiss that will turn us into the charming prince. And we will use all of your kisses for the following:
--Design the app
--Interactive Website development
--Hire cool artists to energize our graphics
--Turn Explorey Stories into physical books
--Miscellaneous costs that will creep up and scare us
We have a kingdom of ideas to add to this list with the more kisses we get. So, please consider being our hero, saving the classic tales we all love, and making this world a more enchanted place. And from all of us to all of you--THANK YOU!!!!
Risks and challenges
Every journey has its obstacles but Explorey Stories embraces conflict. The design of the app combined with the experiential activities will be our biggest challenge.
Explorey Stories is low risk because the stories and the activities already exist, we just have to shape them into a simple and fun design.
This process may take more time and money than we anticipate but we believe in the magic of Explorey Stories and we are passionate about helping families create memories. Nothing will discourage us from this journey.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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