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The DuinoKit Jr. is a user-friendly system to learn electronics and programming without soldering or requiring prior experience.
www.DuinoKit.com
The DuinoKit Jr. is a user-friendly system to learn electronics and programming without soldering or requiring prior experience. www.DuinoKit.com
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Arduino based electronics discovery system - DuinoKit Jr.

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After taking our original DuinoKit Essentials project to Maker Faires and talking with many makers, teachers, parents and individuals, several people asked for a smaller DuinoKit that could be used at a more basic level and as a primary tool for teaching during summer camps or simple classroom examples.  We also wanted to make a smaller kit for a beginner that did not seem quite so overwhelming..... 

Hence..  The DuinoKit Jr. was born!

Parts / Components for DuinoKit Jr.
Parts / Components for DuinoKit Jr.

The easy way to learn electronics and build with Arduino.

  • Contains all parts necessary for numerous projects
  • Easy to follow wiring diagrams and code for projects and lessons
  • Access to "Show and Tell" forum

Creating a full production batch of a new product is expensive and has many challenges.  We need your support to help make this new product a reality and help to manufacture a complete production batch to get costs down and make this product available to many users.

What are some of the things I can do with a DuinoKit Jr?

Just a few sample projects we made that your could build and modify.
Just a few sample projects we made that your could build and modify.

Besides learning actual computer code and the basics of digital and analogue devices, the number of projects are only limited by creativity, here is a list of sample projects that could be built.     You could build.....  An alarm clock,  Knight-Rider lights, Digital temp/humidity gauge, various data loggers, "Simon" memory game with score keeper, color fading LED, distance sensor alarm, light meter, automatic or IR remote night light, reaction timer, guess-a-number game, lie detector and many more...  Our "Show and Tell" forum will provide instructions and help along the way.

We are working with a well known Arduino author and summer camp instructor to develop 15-20, self-guided "Mission Cards" to facilitate learning of basic concepts and encourage learning for all ages to modify and invent new interpretations of existing projects and code.

Each DuinoKit Jr. will be shipped in the metal case and include an Arduino-compatible microprocessor (Nano), connection wires, a USB cable for programming through your computer and the Mission (learning) Cards.  Simply open the case, install the Arduino software on a computer(instructions included) and you are ready to start building with electronics and modern microprocessor technology.

This kit could be the simple solution to the most dreaded complaint parents hear during the summer -- "I'm bored". 

Complete kit will include "Learning Cards" and access to the DuinoKit online forum for support.
Complete kit will include "Learning Cards" and access to the DuinoKit online forum for support.

Why not Inspire and Invent something new this summer!

New Pledge Level by Request!
New Pledge Level by Request!

Estimated production timeline.
Since we already have design files (with a few changes from the prototype pictured above) and production facilities already lined up for this product, I feel we can safely get a very quick turn-around time getting these produced and shipped to customers.

  • Feb 2015 - KickStarter project!
  • March-April 2015 Assembly and Production
  • April - May 2015 Shipping of Rewards in time for Summer camp!

STRETCH GOALS!

500 Backers - Reward above PLUS:

  • Rework PCB layout, design and case to include:
  • RF Transceiver
  • JoyStick module
  • ____________( Suggest here - I'll send out a survey)

1000 Backers - Everyone receives "Accessory Pack" to includes:

  • Micro Servo
  • Additional Nano microprocessor
  • 9V battery
  • Extra Wires

DuinoKit continues to support http://Kickingitforward.org

Risks and challenges

There are always delays expected in manufacturing, however, with our previous manufacturing experience and sources, I feel we have these covered.

Although there are a few minor modifications being made from the prototype to the final production of the DuinoKit Jr., I feel these will be achieved without undue stress or delay. Another variable in the process is shipping costs which should be covered in the pledge amounts, however this could cause a "kink" in possibly delivery or "Customs" clearance processes. With our past experience, I feel the risk of this production is very low.

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    MAKE OUR PROJECT A LITTLE BIT BRIGHTER. Receive a LED flashlight or pen as a "Thank You" for supporting this project. You will also be added into our update "newsletter" for additional information on the DuinoKit project.

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    TINKER AND LEARN Receive one complete DuinoKit Jr. including Arduino based microprocessor, wires, USB cable and learning cards. You will also have access to the DuinoKit.com "Show and Tell" forum to learn and share projects. Everything you need to hook into your computer and start exploring.

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    TOSS IN SOME EXTRA FUN STUFF Receive a DuinoKit Jr. with Accessory parts pack. (Includes extra set of connection wires, Mini Servo, and additional NANO microprocessor)
    One complete DuinoKit Jr. including Arduino based microprocessor, wires, USB cable and learning cards. You will also have access to the DuinoKit.com "Show and Tell" forum to learn and share projects. Everything you need to hook into your computer and start exploring.

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    ORIGINAL ESSENTIALS "BIG" KIT Receive an original DuinoKit Essentials available here or on our website. Think if this as the "instructors version" for the DuinoKit Jr.

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    TWICE the FUN. This reward is by request. This reward will include BOTH the DuinoKit Jr. AND the DuinoKit Essentials project plus the bonus pack of parts and wires for each. This of this as the "Father and Son" pack. This will be two complete DuinoKits, the larger "Essentials" and the "Jr." project in this campaign.

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    Sponsor a mini-lab or school. Don't need a DuinoKit, but recognize that schools are not providing this education? This is your opportunity to help someone else learn electronics and programming by giving 5 DuinoKit Jrs. to a school or organization. You can choose the organization or we can pass them onto interested parties looking for funding. You will receive a Thank You letter letting you know where your 5 DuinoKit Jrs were sent on your behalf.

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    MAKER SPACE / SCHOOL PACK - 10 complete DuinoKit Jrs

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    EDUCATIONAL PHILANTHROPIST. Support STEM initiative and help make extra DuinoKits available at discounted rates for schools, clubs and other organizations trying to start and Electronics/Programming learning environment. We will accept applications for interested organizations and will supply DuinoKits as available based upon need.

    You will receive a personal thank you letter along with a framed DuinoKit Jr. with a pre-built project for display. A letter containing your name will be supplied to each organization benefiting from your contribution. These funds will help make DuinoKits available to many others and also reduce production cost per unit.

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    TINKER AND LEARN Early Pledge - Recieve one complete DuinoKit Jr. including Arduino based microprocessor, wires, USB cable and learning cards. You will also have access to the DuinoKit.com "Show and Tell" forum to learn and share projects. Everything you need to hook into your computer and start exploring.

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