Action adventure story about a kid detective who uses science to build STEM (STEAM) spy gadgets & solve crimes.You can too! Read more
This project was successfully funded on October 20, 2013.
About this project
STRETCH GOAL TIME!!!
Through your support this book will by no means be a basic affair. Your pledges have afforded me the possibility to have some great art and design concepts (more info soon). This is very important since I want to make sure the AKA Detective Manual looks like an actual kid's notebook. The book will be bound by a nice 5.5 x 8 color hardcover. I can't wait to see it printed and to get your reactions! Thanks and keep sharing and supporting!!
Dewey Mac and the Case of the Dog Gone Dog is a kidlit adventure about a twelve-year-old boy named Dewey who starts to play detective when he hears the mayor's dog was stolen. Dewey and his hilarious friend Ched get in over their heads while having a lot of fun solving a case that is not as simple as it might seem. The novel is moving, engaging, and a little juvenile--think Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets a classic action movie like Raiders of the Lost Ark. You can read the first chapter here.
In Dewey Mac and the Case of the Dog Gone Dog, Dewey is always inventing gadgets to help him solve the crime, deal with his family, and survive the school bully named Zinc. The Awesome Kid Agency (AKA) Detective Manual, gives instructions on how to recreate 10 spy gadgets, detective techniques, and pranks that are part of the story. Once funded, the number of spy gadgets will increase as stretch goals. The AKA Detective Manual is also educational (shhh, don't tell the kids) as it explains the why and how behind each entry. Readers can use common items around the house to inexpensively make these real working toys, including:
- a foxhole radio (a working radio out of things you can find around the house)
- write and read codes
- a Glass Ear (a microphone that listens through windows)
- the Interrogator 3000 (a lie detector)
- laser communicator (transfer sound over a cheap laser pointer)
- room alarms
- make a microphone and speaker from scratch
- and many more
No project is too hard or too expensive, so all children can enjoy, experiment, and learn from these STEM experiences. I brought these gadgets to this year's World Maker Faire in NYC. I was honored with the Editor's Choice Award and the Educator's Choice Award.
For a list of all the gadgets and some samples, check out: http://www.deweymac.com/notebook.html
As a teacher, I think it is very important that students have more exposure to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) ideas. (STEM is used in educational circles while STEAM is used in maker circles). I have seen many students who were truly intelligent, struggle in school, because reading and writing were weaknesses.
Great question. In donating to this project you will help me complete these final, but expensive steps. This book is more than just a fun, fast-paced adventure story full of twists and turns. It is a learning experience.
These boys and girls are full of great imagination, artistry, and passion, but the average school setting doesn't capture their limitless creative and curiosities. This book is for them and gives them a chance to shine.
In building each spy gadget, kids will experience STEM ideas in a self paced, project based learning lesson. Building each project will help kids turn off their video games and have fun experiences bonding with adults while using skills in need for future careers.
People a lot smarter than myself are all saying that focusing on STEM will not only help fill our jobs, but those employees will typically make more their non-STEM focused jobs. In our current economy, STEM jobs go unfilled. In other fields there are 3.6 people unemployed per job.
Each project subtly involves STEM ideas. Take the Tatter Tosser (a potato gun) for example. There is science in how the potato is propelled, technology in how it's built, engineering and art in the design, and math with our measurements (generally a weakness for most students). The natural learning process of Project Based Learning will guide an intrinsically motivate the children.
To assist in building each gadget and gizmo, I will be making short instructional build videos. They will be educational, but most importantly, entertaining--think Bill Nye the Science Guy. Exclusive first access will be given as a part of some pledge packages. The videos will be available to the public a month after they are available to my supporters.
Here's a sample for the lie detector:
- To build lifelong readers through an enjoyable adventure novel
- Increase the amount of STEM or STEAM experiences children have.
- A self released book is great, but I would like to find a print publisher so this book can be found on bookshelves, book fairs and easily discovered by children. Attention from a successful Kickstarter campaign will help with this.
- Introduce kids and parents to the world of interdisciplinary project-based learning, or just call it making.
- Have kids turn off their TVs, cell phones, and video games. Building these gadgets can also be great bonding experiences between parents/guardians and their children.
- I want the pages from the AKA Detective Manual to be as clear, descriptive, but kid friendly, and funny as possible. This is going to take some time and experimenting to make sure I put out the best, but also most accessible gadget instructions.
- Prototype as many designs as possible so I have the most adaptable, simple, and clear projects possible.
- I already have some very skilled artists lined up to provide artwork for both e-books.
- Build Videos - I have shot and edited one instructional video. I was able to do this because of the kindness of Steve Newbert from All Occasions Video (If you’re getting married in the Philadelphia area, give him a call. He’s the best!) The funds will help produce videos for all the remaining gadgets!
I have finished writing the story and I'm currently in the process of writing the AKA Detective Manual. Funds raised will help to make sure these instructions are clear and practical. This will take some money so I can beta test as many different versions to find the best.
The funds will be used to develop the best methods for creating these gadgets so the reader can as well. I’m also hoping to bring this idea to a larger audience through Kickstarter. Why Dewey Mac? - I won an Editor’s Award at Maker Faire - Encourage reading, as well as STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math.
Your donation, even if it is small, entitles you to a lot of perks. The more donations, the more perks (announced if funded) for you so please share on facebook, twitter, instagram, Linked in, or any other form of social media.
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Other Ways to Support:
Feedback - This is my first Kickstarter campaign. Any advice or constructive criticism to make this project more successful is welcomed. Are there any perks that you would like to see.
Sharing is Caring - Share this page with all of your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media. If you do, please add a link to this page and use #deweymac. At the end of the funding window, I'm going to pick 25 people at random and send them a lie detector kit. The more times you share, the more chances you have. I also made a flier that can hang in libraries, schools, community centers, anywhere parents who want to have their children learn in a new way might go. Download the flier here.
Be a part of the Team - After Kickstarter, my goal is to have the book published by a large publisher. I can also use the help from artists, animators, book reviewers, and more. Send me a message and join the team.
Alert the Media - Feel free to recommend this page to any media outlets: blogs, television, magazines, newspapers. The more attention we receive the more likely we are to be funded and have some great stretch goals. If you do alert any media, please message me. I'll put you in the drawing for a free lie detector kit
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT & INTEREST!!!!!!
There are three clips in my video from www.achive.org:
- The Monster Maker (1944) -http://archive.org/details/monster_maker_ipod
- MacGyver Promo Commercial - I know nothing about this clip, except for that it is hilarious. Really, it is. It could be from the 80's or now; I'm not sure. I wish I could have gone to Orsmorg to meet these people.
- How to Study (1946) - http://archive.org/details/0261_How_to_Study_E00470_00_39_40_00
Risks and challenges
- The narrative story is already finished. The AKA Detective Manual is only about half finished. I have a group of great makers around me that are ready to assist with the writing, if needed.
- The amount of funding will decide how much artwork. I have a few amazing artists lined up to provide artwork. As soon as we reach our funding, I'll have our artists get started.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes, you will be given both a print copy and a PDF.
Pledge $1 or more
If you see me on the street, in the store, teaching, or anywhere, you will have a hearty and enthusiastic high-five waiting for you. Your support is greatly appreciated--Thank you!
(High-fives can not be transmitted electronically, sorry.)Estimated delivery:
Pledge $5 or more
Liar!!! Thief!!!! - Lie Detector & Room Alarm Kit
I don't mean you. You would never lie or steal, but now you can find out who is. Build either a simple lie detector or room alarm, perfect for kids and adults. The kits comes with everything you need minus wires, battery, and speaker (any scrap speaker will do).Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $10 or more
E-Books - Book & Detective Manual PDFs
PDFs of both DEWEY MAC AND THE CASE OF THE DOG GONE DOG and THE AKA DETECTIVE MANUAL, which contains instructions to build 10 different spy gadgets.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $15 or more
25 backers All gone!
MAKER FAIRE SPECIAL - Autographed Print Copy
Just for MAKER FAIRE, you can get an autographed copy of the book at a cheaper price. Thanks for your support!!! The book contains both the story and THE AKA DETECTIVE MANUAL.Estimated delivery:Only ships to: United States
Pledge $20 or more
Fit to Print - Autographed Print Copy
Your fancy will be tickled by owning your own autographed print copy of DEWEY MAC AND THE CASE OF THE DOG GONE DOG & AKA DETECTIVE MANUAL together as one book.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $25 or more
Become an e-Agent!! – PDFs, Name Listed as Agent & Vids
PDF e-books of CASE OF DOG GONE DOG & AKA DETECTIVE MANUAL + first access to build videos + your name listed as a field agent for the AKA Detective Agency in the book & website. If anyone doubts you, you can also show them your very own AKA detective ID. This pledge can be gifted to another. Please add $10 each for any additional names you would like added.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $30 or more
printed copy of both books in one + first access to build videos + lie detector kit + room alarm kitEstimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $40 or more
25 backers All gone!
EARLY BIRD - Pulp Fiction - Book, Postcard Videos, and Agent
Thank you for being an early supporter. You will get a postcard from me expressing my gratitude for you help in archiving my goal. Thank you sooo much! This package comes with an autographed PRINTED copy of both books (as one), first access to build videos to help build the gadgets in the book, and your name listed as an AKA detective with badge to prove. This can be gifted. Please add $10 for each additional name you would like to add.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $40 or more
Pulp Fiction - Book, Videos, and Agent
This package comes with an autographed PRINTED copy of both books (as one), first access to build videos to help build the gadgets in the book, and your name listed as an AKA detective with badge to prove. This can be gifted. Please add $10 for each additional name you would like to add.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $60 or more
The Whole Shebang - Books, Videos, Name Listed as Agent, T-Shirt, and 5 Kits
Everything from above as well as the coolest shirt since the tuxedo shirt-your own Dewey Mac T-Shirt AND 5 kits from the AKA Detective Manual with everything you need (minus a few common items).Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $75 or more
42 backers Limited (58 left of 100)
Family of Makers - Book, Videos, Names Listed as Agent, T-Shirt, and 7 Kits
Everything from above, but 5 copies of each kit so the whole family can build them together. One shirt is included. Add $15 for additional shirts.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $150 or more
0 backers Limited (50 left of 50)
If your child is a little maker, this is for you. You get a personalized autographed book, access to the videos, name listed as agent, and a T-shirt. In addition, this pledge comes with 30 copies of the lie detector or the room alarm, your choice. Your child and all of their friends can build it together. They will also get a personal Happy Birthday video message from me, the author.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $250 or more
1 backer Limited (24 left of 25)
Skype Ya - Kids Skype with Author
You get the Whole Shebang package + your family will Skype with the author for 15 minutes. We can talk about science, school, making, hacking, ham, inventing, writing, spying, or anything else you feel like chatting about--anything.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $300 or more
0 backers Limited (25 left of 25)
STEM Spreader - Community Group Skype
This is for anyone involved with a community group (Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, library, church group…) The purchaser gets the Whole Shebang package + for a half-hour I will e-hang with your community group. You can ask questions about making, writing, books, whatever you would like. I could also lead your group in building on of the gadgets for a fun, hands-on STEM experience.Estimated delivery:
Pledge $500 or more
"You get some STEM. You get some STEM." (said in my Oprah voice) - Sponsor Two Community Groups
Feel like making many people's day? A gift for all. You get the Whole Shebang package and will be giving two community groups their own making sessions. Will will chat on Skype for about 30 minutes. Don't know any community groups? I'll help you target ones in need, especially in low income areas, where STEM education is typically lacking You'll be providing a fun, unique, and memorable experience to others!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $1,000 or more
0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)
Who Dat? - Name a Character
You get the Whole Shebang package and you can name a character in Dewey Mac and the Case of the Dog Gone Dog. It could be your name or just one you make up. I do ask that the name is normal enough. There will not be a character named: HJASFDJ HJGHGHS-JHLLSJ. Well, probably not. No shipping fees.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
Pledge $2,000 or more
0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)
Superstar - Star in a Build Video
I would love to feature readers of my book in my build videos. You get the Whole Shebang package and will be a part of a build video with me, the author. This could be a great opportunity for any young maker, kids only please. Must be near the Philadelphia area or willing to travel. No shipping fees.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
- (31 days)