We are deeply humbled and inspired by you!
Today was one of those days we'll never forget.
After it looked like for a while that we will not reach our 75,000 funding goal, within 2 days you got us over the hurdle!
First off - thank you so much for your support! We had many backers come back and upgrade their pledges, wanting to take advantage of ArduSat while they still can (which you still can for another 4 days!). Did we tell you that you rock?
Second, we now have the money to build a double-sized ArduSat and we have the money to launch 1/2 of a double-sized ArduSat. So starting tomorrow we will go to our backers in the background to see if we can find the money for the launch of the second half. We will keep you posted over the coming days and weeks on these negotiations.
Last but not least I wanted to share with you that there now are a number of schools and groups involved, where individuals saw the potential for exciting STEM related activities and we are truly excited about it.
First, our corporate space partner Arrowhead Systems of Stoke-On-Trent. In the words of the founder of Arrowhead: "I'm hoping that today's children and their teachers will be as excited about getting in to space as I was a number of years back, I remember sitting cross legged on the hall floor in junior school, as an American I'd never heard of appeared on the grainy black and white TV screen, hopped down a short run of steps and uttered 'One small step....'. The Internet has grown up around Open Source Software. Now people across the globe are collaborating, using the same open source philosophy but with hardware; Open Source Hardware.
Product designs that you can freely use, improve upon and make yourself, from 3D printers to interactive jewelry and mood lights to chairs that tweet when you fart! Arduino has traversed the world since its start in Italy in 2005, now ArduSat will take it another 300KM, this time straight up"
Learn how you can be a space scientist, follow progress and get updates on how you can join us by following https://twitter.com/@tioukcom and get your school into orbit.
We also have the Lower Eastside Girls Club
The Lower Eastside Girls Club was established 16 years ago to provide opportunities to girls, in the only neighborhood in the country where Boys and Girls Clubs did not merge in the 1980's. Since there were 3 complete all-boys clubs and nothing for girls, the goal from the start was to build a Girls Club facility. Over the years, the Girls Club created innovative programs in media production, arts, environmental activism, nutrition, and hands-on STEM and "maker" classes. These included a series of after-school classes teaching basic concepts in electronics, robotics, and electronic music, including Arduino microcontrollers.
Girls Club participated in NSF-funded outreach for SciGirls en Familia and the NOVA PBS series "Making Stuff". In 2010 and 2011, Girls Club won "Editors Choice" ribbons at the New York World Maker Faire for large, mobile robots called GirlZilla and DogZilla, appearing in the New York Times and on the Martha Stewart Show. In summer of 2012, they received their first grant from NASA, a Summer of Innovation Mini-Grant, which they used to hold Space Camp sessions at a summer camp in the Adirondack Mountains.
Two years ago, the Girls Club broke ground on a 30,000 square foot science, environmental, and arts center, housing a 30 ft fixed planetarium, an environmental biology lab, tool workshop, video, photo, and audio production studios, a public cafe, training kitchen and bakery, and a design/projects lab. All programs and facilities are provided free to girls age 8 to 18 and their families, and astronomy and earth science programs in the planetarium will be offered to every student in the six public schools within walking distance.
More about the planetarium:
It is a 30 ft fixed planetarium opening in the fall, 2012. It will use Uniview planetarium software, which originated at the American Museum of Natural History. This software incorporates the Digital Universe Atlas and will enable the Girls Club to collaborate with AMNH in partnership with Dr. Carter Emmart.
Furthermore, there is a number of anonymous individuals that told us that their pledge will go to a local school or community group to bring the inspiration of space to anyone. And if we missed you in this list, please let us know, and we will make sure to share your story!
This is exactly what we hope would happen – community leaders reaching out to us, signing up for ArduSat and then carrying it into their local communities, bringing space into the hands of everyone. We can’t thank you enough for doing just this. It means the world to us.And if you are out there, thinking about this - join us! Bring space to your community. Be the one that made it happen. We'll do anything we can to make it a success for you!
Okay, with that quick update, an exhilarated ArduSat team says thank you and goes back to making sure we get support for launching the 2nd halve of a double-size ArduSat as quickly as possible!
Reka, Jeroen, Joel and Peter
Your ArduSat Team