About this project
We Did it!
We are so excited that we would like to offer two stretch goals! Over and over we are approached by museums, libraries, and schools about integrating the Hacker Scout ideas and activities into their institutions. We would LOVE to be able to provide a more formal means of support. If we meet our stretch goals, we will provide an entire packet (one for museums/libraries and one for teachers) that includes information on bringing making and hacking into the classroom, etc, how to approach administration around the value of this kind of learning, how to assess learning outcomes, how to partner with other organizations, how to find mentors, how to build a makerspace for kids, and how to encourage engagement, confidence, and self-direction in your students. This packet will also include our recess club as well as other vetted resources and Hacker Scouts lesson plans, all in one place ! We can do all of this if we reach our stretch goal of $40,000. Only $5000 more! If we reach $44,000, we will offer 10 schools an opportunity to participate in our outreach program at no cost! Will you help spread the word so we can add these awesome benefits?
Who we are:
Hacker Scouts is a national non-profit organization, founded in the Fall of 2012 in Oakland, California, that focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) education, skill building and community engagement. We aspire to help children develop skills in the areas they are truly interested in, abilities that would allow them to pursue on their own goals and achieve their own vision.
For the past year, we have been partnered with a fantastic hackerspace, but our programs have been so popular that we’ve outgrown the space. We have signed a lease on a great location in Oakland and will be adding to the city's ever growing and industrious Maker culture!
In Oakland alone, we have an average of 70-90 kids every Open Lab. We currently have one Guild running, with over 70 kids on the wait list. We need to open at least three more Guilds to serve this need! We also have a full wait list already for our new Sparks program and schools lined up for our outreach programs.
We are working with partners in our community, such as The Workshop for Young Engineers, who will be running engineering and technology classes for kids in our space, the Crafty Avenger, who will be adding amazing sewing and e-textile workshops to our programming, Young Makers for mentoring Faire projects and The Maker Education Initiative to support educators in integrating STEAM and making into community programs and schools.
Together, we are creating an Oakland Lab that is both practical and exciting! This space is significant and we need your help! As the Hacker Scouts National Headquarters it will serve more than the Bay Area. Programs and activities designed by Hacker Scouts, as well as our partners, are often prototyped and tested in Oakland and released open source to benefit the global making community.
If funded your support will give our families access to equipment such as 3D printers and laser cutters and fund low cost classes in everything from robotics to woodworking to programming, and together we will fulfill a larger mission of providing a new kind of education to as many kids as we can.
This will be a place to educate teachers and mentors so they can join us in our work to create a generation of creative innovators who know how to build with their hands, adapt new technology, and value sustainability. We are building a place for kids and their families to experiment, ask questions, build confidence, think big and create BIG.
Our Budget: So what do we need to make this happen? Here's how we have come up with our target goal:
We are seeking to develop new programs and badges, support initiatives of affordability and accessibility, and assist us in the collaborative work we do with community partners at local and national levels. Materials and prototype costs: $9500
Equipment and technology (soldering irons, laser cutter, 3D printer, woodshop, textile and electronics lab, projector for classes, laptops,etc): $19,000
Space improvements, furniture, and code compliance, including venting for laser cutter $6500
This will give us a great start in serving our communities, both locally and nationally!
Thank you for your support! The Hacker Scouts Team, Leaders, Volunteers, and Families.
Risks and challenges
The main challenges we face with this project include permitting and expediency with an all volunteer staff. We have already done extensive research on what we need as well as made supportive contacts with the City Of Oakland to ensure our process goes smoothly. We also have a proven track record, and every one of our volunteers is fully committed to this project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes they did, though no lawsuit has been filed. You can read more about it on our blog, but currently we are waiting for a response to our request for a compromise. We will update everyone as soon as we have a decision, but our board is taking this matter seriously and any action we take will be based on whether or not it is in service to our mission and our kids.
We have made a decision regarding this issue. You can read about it here:
No. This money is to fund our project. We have accomplished pro bono lawyers working on our behalf and do not anticipate any actions that would assume any further legals costs. All the money from this Kickstarter will go to building an amazing makerspace for families in Oakland.
It will be your choice! When the time comes we will produce both and we will ask you your preference!
We have been running this organization for a year and have gone from one program in one location to 3 programs in over 30 locations around the US. Every member of our team has a background in either starting their own successful non profits or companies, and/or currently holds management positions in successful companies.We have also all been members of a hackerspace or other similar organizations for years, including holding decision making/leadership positions, and we know what works and what doesn’t. This combined with our expertise in working with children is a great combination. We know what we have to do and how to do it, and we know how to find the answers to new challenges.
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