Personalized science storybook and educational app for kids
Inspire and inform kids about cutting-edge science careers with this educational storybook and app where they are the hero!
The nonprofit CuSTEMized teaches kids about science with personalized storybooks. Our latest creation, My Colorful Future, will be a fun-filled problem-solving adventure. It will be available as a hardcover book, coloring activity book, and interactive app.
My Colorful Future is a beautifully illustrated children’s storybook that showcases your child cool science careers. Your child will learn about how science is used to solve important problems and address interesting questions.
They will use materials science to make ice cream, and epidemiology to study disease outbreaks. Put on your goggles and lab coats, because we're going on a scientific adventure!
In My Colorful Future, your child is the hero! Our custom software at CuSTEMized.org puts your child's name and appearance into their own personal storybook. Our colorful hardcover books are professionally manufactured in the USA. Add an extra touch with their picture and autograph on the first page!
We provide lots of new hairstyles, bangs, hair colors, skin tones, and other features to match your child. Your kids will be thrilled to see themselves in this book!
Will you be the hero of this story? Let's learn more about what your colorful future will hold!
Kids love to color. Coloring is great way to keep kids engaged and elevate their curiosity. In addition to the hardcover book, we will create a coloring activity book filled with fun coloring pages, puzzles, and activities that will keep kids entertained for hours. Our activities also teach important scientific concepts like the impact of genetic mutations!
In addition to our print offerings, we will harness our software expertise to create a new app, available for both iOS and Android, with an interactive storybook and coloring pages! As you explore the interactive storybook, you will meet real scientists who speak out loud and inspire your child to dream big. To hear them explain even more details, just click on the robotic hand or 3D printer!
Our app will have lots of coloring pages for children at any skill level. You can click to learn more about what you’re coloring for a truly educational experience. Our team of scientists can't wait to spark your child's creative dreams!
Our team is comprised of real scientists and educators from top institutions. Real scientists know all the details, like the fact that each cell in our body has a whopping 2 meters of DNA! We'll make our kid-friendly illustrations beautiful and scientifically accurate!
Our female and minority scientists will be featured throughout our app and in our books to promote the visibility of excellent women and minorities in science! Check out our Team page for additional members of the cuSTEMized team.
We care about optimizing our text and images for hungry young minds. Our advisory panel of educators, parents, and kids will test our products at each development stage to make sure we're producing excellent and accessible content!
Thanks for your donations and support!
Your donations will help us make My Colorful Future a reality! We're excited to share our love for science with the next generation of scientists. Check out these cool rewards we have for you!
Your donations will fulfill product orders and support our work in app development and illustration. Your donation will also contribute to our educational Outreach Events, as well as our Free Book Fund that covers the cost of personalized books for low income families and classrooms. Thanks so much for your support!
Risks and challenges
This is our second Kickstarter, so we know the obstacles and challenges ahead. We have already printed hundreds of copies of our first personalized science book: My Little Book of Big Dreams (more than half were provided for free to families in need thanks to your donations.) So far, over 4,000 parents have used http://CuSTEMized.org/ to generate a personalized version of My Little Book of Big Dreams for their kids!
This time, we are taking on a larger risk by developing a new app for mobile devices. App development is notorious for taking longer than expected. However, our team has highly skilled and passionate software developers with over 20 years of experience. We will focus on early delivery of a very simple and fun educational app.
We are still in the development stages for both text and graphics, and we will work closely with scientists, educators, and kids to improve our products. Whatever the challenge, you can count on us to put our heads together like scientists and figure it out!
CuSTEMized is recognized as a 501(c)3 non-profit under the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the United States of America. As such, CuSTEMized is organized and operated exclusively for social and education purposes, specifically for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education and outreach. CuSTEMized is supported through net income from product sales supplemented by donations from the public. For more information, please visit us at http://CuSTEMized.org/
Credits: JF, KS, and RL wrote the Kickstarter campaign texts. Respective scientists contributed their science text. JF made illustrations with vector graphics adapted from and built upon those available at freepik.com, http://vector4free.com/, and additional vector stock libraries. JF and KS shot the video. Video photos courtesy of respective scientists. MS provided the projected confocal image of the developing zebrafish heart. Music is "Time To Run" by Dexter Britain at freemusicarchive.org. Videos and photos of kids courtesy of parents and Science Club for Girls. All team members approve the content of this Kickstarter campaign.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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