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AU$ 5,488
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, October 24 2019 1:59 PM UTC +00:00.

Astro Kit by Elkei:

A soft fun educational activity combining the ease of craft with the power of electronics.

Astro Kit by Elkei:

A soft fun educational activity combining the ease of craft with the power of electronics.

AU$ 5,488
pledged of AU$ 25,000pledged of AU$ 25,000 goal
84
backers
9days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, October 24 2019 1:59 PM UTC +00:00.

About

We're making electronics kits that give young girls confidence with tech by laying down the foundations of circuits. These unplugged, crafting kits assume no prior knowledge and are a modern spin on the 'pink aisle' classics.  

We need more options to learn tech skills.  Project-based kits are a great way to show how to work with circuits, how to troubleshoot and the possibilities of what you can create in a guided activity.  This activity is aimed at 8-12 year olds.

 The kit includes three printed felt layers, conductive thread, a snap-out circuit board, battery and all the craft materials you need to create a fun light up plush toy.

 Use conductive thread and learn sewing skills by stitching in the light up parts, battery and switch. 

 Detailed instructions walk participants through the activity in a fun educational story. The fold-out sheet includes easy to understand troubleshooting tips and clear explanations.

  Each kit will also come with a collectable circuit board featuring awesome women in tech with an immersion gold finish. We've teamed up with some incredible Australian role models to promote the diversity of career paths that girls can follow. These include an astrophysicist, a biologist, an entrepreneurial plastics recycler, an environmental engineer and more.  

 Many studies have shown the importance of role models for young girls. Research from Microsoft revealed the number of girls interested in STEM doubles when they have a role model to inspire them.

 Collect the whole set to complete the circuit and they will light up together in a beautiful display.  On the back of the boards, each piece will reveal part of a puzzle in a large, A4 size PCB artwork.   

A large part of our aesthetic is re-imagining how PCBs (Printed Circuit Boards) can be used to create beautiful aesthetics for a stunning keepsake collectable.  We're excited about being creative with the manufacturing process to make one of a kind products. 

 Here's the design process in creating PCB artwork.

We have a range of rewards for your support in this project.  Get in fast to grab an earlybird discount! ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL 11:59PM FRIDAY 27 OCT!

 Here's our full list of reward levels available to you.

We've travelled to Shenzhen to find manufacturing partners in August 2019 and made great connections to bring this product to life.  Before we start manufacture in December/January 2020, with your support, we'll be able to flesh out a final packaging design, source more great tech women to feature and hire electronics design consultants to make sure we're on the right track. 

About Elkei Education

 Elkei Education (originally named Spark Girlz) began as a Startup Weekend competition idea in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia.  After a successful win, the team travelled to Bali for the Asia Pacific Finals for the Inaugural Techstars Startup Weekend Women.  After winning the finals in 2018, Steph Piper and Andrea Madden decided to turn the company into a reality.  They completed the 12 week Startup Onramp Course, and this year have conducted numerous rounds of product testing culminating in a recent travelled trip to Shenzhen to find manufacturing partners.

We're a proud female-lead, female-focused company. 

 Thanks for your support!

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Risks and challenges

At the moment we are working towards completing development by late November and having products leaving Shenzhen before Chinese New Year. If we don't manage to get production started in time then this festive event will delay delivery unfortunately by a couple of weeks.

Our anticipated manufacturer is able to scale production of the first run if this campaign is wildly successful, which is a real comfort to know.

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    Exclusive A4 Colouring Page

    We've had our beautiful illustrator come up with an easy to print A4 page that your going to receive at the end of the campaign as your reward for pledging AU$5 to fulfilling our goals.

    And just for being an awesome person and giving what you can we want you to imagine that we're giving you a BIG, on-target, earth-shatteringly loud high 5 once you complete your pledge.

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    Exclusive enamel pin

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    Let's also throw in the colouring page, your name on our Wall Of Thanks on the Elkei website, & a virtual high 5!

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    1 x Astro Kit by Elkei

    This is the first general release of our Astro plush Kit. You'll receive a single working kit as per all the videos and info we've explained, plus some additional goodies.

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    • Astro Plush Kit
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    2 x Astro Kit by Elkei

    This is the first general release of our Astro plush Kit. You'll receive 2x working kit as per all the videos and info we've explained, plus some additional goodies.

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    • Astro Plush Kit
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    4 x Astro Kit by Elkei

    This is the first general release of our Astro plush Kit. You'll receive a set of four working kits as per all the videos and info we've explained, plus some additional goodies.

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    • Virtual high 5
    • Your name listed on website thanks page
    • A4 colouring page
    • Astro Plush Kit
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    4 x Astro Kit (donated)

    Don't have a kid to share the fun with? Why not purchase a multi pack and donate to another organisation! Be the ultimate philanthropist.

    We'll send you the exclusive collectable PCB though.

    Includes:
    • Virtual high 5
    • Your name listed on website thanks page
    • A4 colouring page
    • Astro Plush Kit
    • Exclusive printed circuit board
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    Full collectable PCB set

    This exclusive collector's edition PCB display frame and all collectables will come with a wooden stand and illuminate in a beautiful lightshow.

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    25 x Astro Kit (class set)

    This is the first general release of our Astro plush Kit. You'll receive a full class set of 25 kits as per all the videos and info we've explained, plus some additional goodies.

    Includes:
    • Virtual high 5
    • Your name listed on website thanks page
    • A4 colouring page
    • 25× Astro Plush Kit
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    Corporate Sponsor Pack

    This is the first general release of our Astro plush Kit. You'll receive a full class set of 25 kits as per all the videos and info we've explained, plus a custom designed PCB with your logo & ours and a 12 months corporate sponsor marketing package.

    Contact us beforehand to discuss what this sponsor marketing package might look like for your organisation.

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    • Your name listed on website thanks page
    • 25× Astro Plush Kit
    • Custom made PCB with your logo & ours
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    EARLYBIRD: 1 x Astro Kit by Elkei

    This is the first general release of our Astro plush Kit. You'll receive the full working kit is you purchase this pledge, plus all the goodies in the previous reward.

    Includes:
    • Astro Plush Kit
    • A4 colouring page
    • Your name listed on website thanks page
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    EARLYBIRD: 4 x Astro Kit by Elkei

    This is the first general release of our Astro plush Kit. You'll receive FOUR working kits as per all the videos and info we've explained, plus some additional goodies.

    Includes:
    • Virtual high 5
    • Your name listed on website thanks page
    • A4 colouring page
    • Astro Plush Kit
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    EARLYBIRD: 4 x Astro Kit (donated)

    Don't have a kid to share the fun with? Why not purchase a multi pack and donate to another organisation! Be the ultimate philanthropist.

    Includes:
    • Virtual high 5
    • Your name listed on website thanks page
    • A4 colouring page
    • Astro Plush Kit
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    EARLYBIRD: 25 x Astro Kit (class set)

    This is the first general release of our Astro plush Kit. You'll receive a full class set of 25 kits as per all the videos and info we've explained, plus some additional goodies.

    Includes:
    • Virtual high 5
    • Your name listed on website thanks page
    • A4 colouring page
    • 25× Astro Plush Kit
    • Exclusive printed circuit board
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