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$19,917
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
134
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, June 16 2019 10:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

Ji Sun Lee and Jaymes Dec are creative technology teachers who are passionate about introducing children and adults to the joy of making and exploring with electronics and creative technologies. 

Tech DIY project timeline
Tech DIY project timeline

We believe that all children are natural makers and tinkerers, but many technology and engineering projects are not as appealing to girls as they are to boys. 

Tech DIY was developed as a series of projects that use sewing and crafting skills to teach mothers and daughters about creative applications of technology. Over the years, we expanded the audience for Tech DIY to include all kids and adults who want to play and make with technology.

After nine years of workshops and research, we wrote a book published by Make Media. Tech DIY, Easy Electronics Projects for Parents and Kids, teaches about the fundamental concepts of electronic circuits and electricity through ten hands-on crafting projects. 

While many of the supplies for these projects are available at craft stores, we know that it can be difficult to find some of the specialized electronic parts and high quality materials, like easy to use conductive thread and electronic components that you can sew.

So we created two kits that contain custom designed electronics for the projects in our book. We already have a manufacturing partner who we have worked with to supply our workshops. They can make all of the special parts needed for the kits, but we have to reach a minimum order to make it cost effective. That’s why we are coming to you, on Kickstarter!


The Joy Kit 

This kit contains all of the custom made parts and instructions you’ll need to get started with sewing electronics. You’ll get high quality felt in several colors, the best conductive thread on the planet, a needle threader, super bright LEDs with sewable connectors, sewable battery holders, coin cell batteries, and a sewable vibrating motor. You’ll be able to make five projects with this kit of parts: 


  • My Happy House teaches about electricity, circuits, and some basic electronic components.
My Happy House - Basic Circuit
My Happy House - Basic Circuit
  • The Winking Rabbit Doll teaches about buttons and switches. You’ll learn how to make your own switch to turn on and off your circuits. 
Winking Rabbit Doll - Switch Circuit
Winking Rabbit Doll - Switch Circuit

  • The Silly Ghost circuit introduces the concepts of series and parallel circuits. You’ll learn how to add more than one LED to your projects. 
A Silly Ghost - Parallel Circuit
A Silly Ghost - Parallel Circuit

  • The Letter Magnet teaches you about electric current, voltage, and resistance. 
Letter Magnets - Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
Letter Magnets - Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs)
  • The Purring Elephant teaches you how to use a motor to make projects that move and vibrate.
Purring Elephant Pillow - Motors
Purring Elephant Pillow - Motors


The Awesome Kit

This reward is perfect for anyone who has some experience sewing basic circuits. Go beyond the simple LED and battery circuits. Learn about more advanced circuits and electronic components. You can do it!

This reward includes high quality felt in several colors, the best conductive thread on the planet, and a needle threader. You’ll also get all the of the custom made electronic components and instructions needed to make the following circuits:

  • The Nightlight Cat Bracelet introduces you to sewing with sensors. You’ll learn how to use a light sensor and a transistor to make a circuit that lights up in the dark. 
Nightlight Cat Bracelet - Light Sensor
Nightlight Cat Bracelet - Light Sensor

  • A Beeping, Blinking UFO will teach you how to use an integrated circuit called a 555 timer. This project blinks and makes sounds when you press a button.
Beeping, Blinking UFO  - 555 Timer
Beeping, Blinking UFO - 555 Timer

  • The Solar Sun project is about ditching the batteries and using the sun to power your projects. You’ll learn about sewing with solar panels, capacitors, and diodes.
     
Solar Sun - Solar Power
Solar Sun - Solar Power

What will we do with $30,000?

  • We need to meet a minimum order with our manufacturing partner for all the custom adapted electronic parts. 
  • The felt that we will supply is thick (3 mm) and really high quality. 
  • We are going to supply the best conductive thread in the world. This thread is soft, easy to sew, and imported from Canada! 
  • The instructions for the projects are printed and bound.
  • The packaging for the kits is also very nice. 
  • Even though we wrote the book, we still have to purchase the book rewards from our publisher. 
  • Some portion of the money will fund Tech DIY Workshops for 100 Hispanic Women, Inc, a non-profit dedicated to "guiding Latinas towards excellence in leadership by fostering educational enrichment and creating opportunities to promote our personal and professional advancement." 

The Book

Published by Make Media in 2016, Tech DIY, Easy Electronics Projects for Parents and Kids introduces children to the magic of electricity through crafting and sewing projects. Young makers can learn about electronics through these circuitry projects aimed at children, elementary school teachers, parents, and kids' activity leaders. Each project introduces new skills, concepts, and components in a progressive series of projects that take learners from the very basics to understanding how to use components such as sensors, transistors, and timers. 

Risks and challenges

We already have a trusted manufacturer and supplier who we have been working with for a few years to supply the components for our workshops. However, there are always risks associated with international shipping and customs. We will communicate clearly and often about our timeline for sourcing, packaging, and shipping the kits.

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    The Joy Kit without the Book

    This reward contains all of the parts and instructions you’ll need to get started with sewing five beginner electronic circuits: The Happy House, The Winking Rabbit,The Silly Ghost, Letter Magnets, and The Purring Elephant.

    Includes:
    • High quality, thick felt, in several colors
    • The best conductive thread on the planet. Seriously.
    • A needle threader
    • 10× Super bright LEDs with custom sewable connectors
    • Sewable Coin Cell Battery Holder
    • Coin Cell Battery (CR2032)
    • Sewable vibrating motor
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    The Joy Kit with the Book

    This reward contains all of the parts and instructions you’ll need to get started with sewing five beginner electronic circuits: The Happy House, The Winking Rabbit,The Silly Ghost, Letter Magnets, and The Purring Elephant. This reward also includes a copy of our book: Tech DIY, Easy Electronics Projects for Parents and Kids.

    Includes:
    • High quality, thick felt, in several colors
    • The best conductive thread on the planet. Seriously.
    • A needle threader
    • 10× Super bright LEDs with custom sewable connectors
    • Sewable Coin Cell Battery Holder
    • Coin Cell Battery (CR2032)
    • Sewable vibrating motor
    • Tech DIY, Easy Electronics Projects for Parents and Kids - Book
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    The Awesome Kit without the Book

    This reward includes all of the parts and instructions for the Tech DIY Intermediate Projects. For backers who have some experience sewing basic circuits. You'll be able to make The Nightlight Cat Bracelet, A Beeping, Blinking UFO, and The Solar Sun.

    Includes:
    • High quality, thick felt, in several colors
    • The best conductive thread on the planet. Seriously.
    • A needle threader
    • Sewable Coin Cell Battery Holder
    • Coin Cell Battery (CR2032)
    • Custom made sewable resistors
    • Super bright LEDs with custom sewable connectors
    • Sewable light sensor
    • Transistor with sewable connections
    • Sewable capacitor
    • Sewable buzzer
    • Sewable push button
    • 555 Timer on custom designed sewable circuit board
    • Sewable zener diode
    • 6 volt solar cell with sewable connectors
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    Awesome Kit with the Book

    This reward includes all of the parts and instructions for the Tech DIY Intermediate Projects. For backers who have some experience sewing basic circuits. You'll be able to make The Nightlight Cat Bracelet, A Beeping, Blinking UFO, and The Solar Sun. This reward also includes a copy of our book: Tech DIY, Easy Electronics Projects for Parents and Kids.

    Includes:
    • High quality, thick felt, in several colors
    • The best conductive thread on the planet. Seriously.
    • A needle threader
    • Sewable Coin Cell Battery Holder
    • Coin Cell Battery (CR2032)
    • Custom made sewable resistors
    • Super bright LEDs with custom sewable connectors
    • Sewable light sensor
    • Transistor with sewable connections
    • Sewable capacitor
    • Sewable buzzer
    • Sewable push button
    • 555 Timer on custom designed sewable circuit board
    • Sewable zener diode
    • 6 volt solar cell with sewable connectors
    • Tech DIY, Easy Electronics Projects for Parents and Kids - Book
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    Joy and Awesome Kits without the Book

    This reward includes everything in both the Joy and Awesome Kits. This reward level does not include the book.

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    Both Kits Plus the Book - Early Bird

    As one of our first backers, you can get both the Joy and Awesome Kits, plus a signed copy of our book, Tech DIY...all for the early bird price of $99.

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    The Joy and Awesome Kits with the Book!

    This is everything. You'll get the entire Joy and Awesome Kits plus a copy of our book, Tech DIY.

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    Set of 25 Custom Designed Kits!

    We'll custom design a Tech DIY kit for a child. Tell us your kid's name and interests - We will design a custom kit just for them. Use it to create a personalized workshop for birthday parties or other fun celebrations, or host a STEAM workshop with kids in the neighborhood! Shipping included!

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