$20,000 Stretch Goal - Online Video Tutorials for all STEAM Kit Backers
If we reach $20k, we'll produce a series of video tutorials to go along with the STEAM Kit and guidebook that many of you will be receiving, and every STEAM Kit-level backer and above will receive these video tutorials for free. These short, yet professional videos will serve as a perfect compliment to the STEAM Kit and guidebook and will help kids and families go even further with the included electronics.
$25,000 Stretch Goal - Sustainable Printing & Store Discounts
If we reach $25k, we'll work with our printer to use sustainable materials in the production of the book, including the use of FSC-certified paper and soy-based ink.
In addition, at $25k, we'll give every backer of the Hardcover book level and above a 60% discount good for items in our online store, which will launch on September 28th. We're currently working on getting the store set-up and, once live, you'll be able to use this code to get a serious deal on stickers, buttons, magnets and character T-Shirts for parents and kiddos!
Ed Gets His Power Back is the story of a green LED named Ed who learns to light himself up and complete a circuit with the help of his friends.
Through Ed’s adventure, kids will learn about electronics components and concepts, and see a real, working circuit brought to life through beautiful, full-color illustrations!
More to the point, a story about electronics. We are the parents of three boys between the ages of 3 and 8. Over the years, we have observed, first-hand, the power a good story has to capture a child's imagination and unlock new discoveries, knowledge, and insight. Kids are drawn to compelling stories with vibrant characters and can be led down the path of nearly any subject with these two in tow. We've used stories to expose our children to art, history, science, and math, with excellent results each time.
With Ed Gets His Power Back, we want to bring the world of electronics into story. The book was written with the goal of teaching beginning electronics concepts to kids between the ages of 3 and 9 through a story that they'll want to return to again and again.
Click any of the images below to check out a sneak-peek slideshow of panels from the book!
We think that Kickstarter provides some great advantages over traditional book publishing, including:
- Enabling us to pair the book with great add-ons, including some that allow kids to explore concepts in the book through the construction of real circuits. Check out the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) Kit reward levels if this is of interest to you.
- Allowing us to choose an illustrator we want to work with, as opposed to the publisher choosing one for us. Jake Page is an amazing illustrator with a real talent for creating unique characters and we knew he'd be perfect for the book when we first saw his work online.
- Giving us total control over the layout and design of the book, as well as choosing how and where to source production. A successful campaign will allow us to source the highest quality books without the added expense of print-on-demand or high-volume offset services.
It takes a team to create circuits in Breadboardeaux. Here are some of the characters you'll meet in Ed Gets His Power Back.
Ed the LED is a bright green LED. He's the main character of our story, but far from the only hero.
Patty the Capacitor is a 2.2µF (microfarad) capacitor. Patty is able to store up a small amount of power and pass it to the next friend in line, even after a battery has been disconnected. She doesn't create power, however. For that, we need a battery...
Zara Bolt is a 9-volt battery. Her job is to provide power to circuits in Breadboardeaux. She can often be seen lighting things up and making things go, all around town!
Rita and Bobby Gonzales are red and black jumper wires. Their job is to connect components together in Breadboardeaux that otherwise cannot reach one another.
Mr. Resistor is a 330Ω (ohm) Resistor. His job is to help regulate how much power certain components receive and keep them safe. He's often found alongside LEDs like Ed.
Brandon Satrom (Writer)
Brandon is a veteran of the technology world and has spent his seventeen-year career working as a programmer, architect, product manager and executive for a number of companies, across a variety of industries. A tinkerer at heart, Brandon's love for electronics extends back to the Nintendo Entertainment System he would take apart and reassemble when simply blowing on the cartridges didn't work. Brandon is also a lover of story and has written and published several books and short stories. This is his first children's book. He lives in Austin, TX with his editor-in-chief and wife Sarah and three boys.
Jake Page (Illustrator)
Jake is a dad-joke extraordinaire based out of Rock Hill, SC. When he's not making his family roll their eyes, Jake is often diving into the world of illustration. Like Brandon, Jake loves storytelling through his work, and as a full-time illustrator since 2009, he has worked on illustrations for children's books, apps, animations, posters, and comics. When he's not illustrating, he loves hanging out with his wife and son in the great outdoors.
Your support for this project will help us cover promotional, production and fulfillment costs, including:
- Paying Jake for his amazing illustrations and layout of the book.
- Covering manufacturing costs, which can be considerable, as we plan to do offset printing and not utilize print-on-demand services.
- Covering shipping costs, including a built-in shipping subsidy for all backer levels. All reward levels include free shipping for US-based backers and reduced shipping to anywhere else in the world.
- Covering promotional and marketing costs incurred leading up to and during this campaign.
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Risks and challenges
The risks for this project are low. The book has been written and edited. Illustrations and final layout should be complete by the end of August. In addition, we've identified a preferred manufacturer and fulfillment service. If this campaign is successful, we'll be able to work with the manufacturer of our choosing to produce a high-quality book at a reasonable price, and get the book into the hands of backers around the world on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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