About this project
An electronics kit with character
Chip is cute and playful. Whether he is on your desk in his Pixel Power board or in an Arduino, his big LED eyes draw you in. His large size makes him easy for makers of all ages and skills to build.
Everyone Loves Chip!
- Chip is easy to build for all skill levels, especially beginners.
- Chip encourages exploration and play.
- Chip can be used to learn other skills, such as programming.
- Chip is fun.
- Chip is educational and builds S.T.E.A.M. Skills.
Many soldering kits do not offer anything more than a battery and a LED. Once completed, those kits end up in a drawer, never to be used again. At the other end of the spectrum, there are electronic kits that are really interesting but have so many parts that they are intimidating for beginners. That is why we designed Chip to be simple to assemble and interactive when complete.
Chip Builds S.T.E.M / S.T.E.A.M Skills
STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math education. STEAM is about developing innovators and critical thinkers. It is about real world learning.
In the real world, content knowledge is interwoven and layered, not isolated. STEAM curriculum focuses on collaboration, cooperation, and communication through project-based cross subject learning. In the real world, for example, baking a cake requires one to use math, science, and art to accomplish the task.
Chip, is designed with these STEAM foundations in mind. Chip builds on skills sets and grows from an instructional electronics kit, to a soldering skill builder, to a tool to teach and learn programming with.
Each kit comes with four sets of LEDS so that you can make your Chip your very own. Will you choose Buddy Blue, Radiant Red, Glowing Green, or Yummy Yellow?
Each Chip comes with it's own Pixel Power. It is Chip's stand and battery power. Like Chip, the Pixel Power is a cross-medium, multifunctional board and skill builder.
The Pixel Power starts as a kit, but when assembled it can be used for other projects. For example, it can be used with conductive thread as a sewable battery and switch for e-craft and e-textile projects.
An Hour of Code
SALDUINO UNO R3
We love the Arduino Uno R3. It is one of the best boards for beginners and advanced makers. We just wanted a few more features so we worked with Tully Gehan of Factory For All to create the SALDUINO UNO R3. 100% Arduino compatible and Chip fits perfectly. We include a USB cable to connect to your PC or MAC. As a special Kickstarter reward we have CHIP and a SALDUINO combo.
We need your support.
The design is done. The prototypes have been checked. We have lined up our suppliers and have funded the early-bird rewards out of our own pocket so they can ship immediately in December. All we need now is your support, please choose your reward.
The Pixel Pals - a little history of Chip
Chip is a part of the Pixel Pals. He and his friends live on Planet M and they love making, tinkering, and inventing. Through their adventures, they learn about different materials and technologies, solve problems, and explore new ideas.
We have plans for all the Pixel Pals. Each Pixel Pal has their own personality and functionality. Like Chip, they work as a standalone character or they can plug into Arduino.
We see the Pixel Pals as a way to connect with young makers and encourage them to explore and create.
The Pixel Pals journey started almost two years ago. We wanted characters that would be fun, have personality, and could be used to build STEAM and Maker skills. After many trials, we commissioned an artist who drew us the sketch below. When we saw it, we knew instantly that these were the Pixel Pals we envisioned. We have expanded the Pixel Pals to include eight characters and we plan to release each of them.
The Pixel Pals are not just electronics, but rather a set of characters that cross physical and digital mediums from electronics, e-crafts, 3D printing, programing, and digital design. Chip already has an adventure workbook.
At the Greater Newark Area Mini Maker Faire we introduced the very first Pixel Pal adventure - PIXEL PALS RESCUE MISSION: HELP CHIP FIX HIS CIRCUITS. The book is an introduction to paper circuits where you have to help Chip repair his ship. Geared towards the youngest makers, the activities in the book use everyday materials to create circuits. This and our current Kickstarter are just the tip of the iceberg of how we see the Pixel Pals can be used to build STEAM skills.
About Soldering Sunday
An Adventure in Making Makers
The most import thing we make at Soldering Sunday is more makers. We believe that tinkering and making are part of who we are as humans and that the things makers make can change the world. It does not mater if you are an engineer, an artist, a mom, a dad, an educator, a student, a hobbyist, or a professional maker. We want to help you explore new ideas, connect with fellow makers, and create the things that you are passionate about.
Kicking it Forward
We believe in the concept of Kicking it Forward, and it makes sense for us as creators to support other creators. http://kickingitforward.org
I Want One But I Don't Know How To Solder
If you are looking for personal help on how to solder and are local to New Jersey, you are always welcome to come to FUBAR Labs. Every Sunday at FUBAR is open to the public for Soldering Sunday (yes, this is where we got our name from). Check the FUBAR Meetup Group for times and other classes.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk the project has is a delay in production. We have worked with our suppliers for several years now and are confident with their track record that this is not a big risk at all. With that said, anything can happen, so we took additional steps to minimize any risk.
First, we have gone through several small scale runs of prototypes and worked out any issues. Second, and most importantly, we have already ordered and funded the early bird rewards with our own money. We believe in this and we are in this with all of you. The early bird rewards are scheduled to arrive just before the completion of the campaign and will ship to backers as soon as payment is received.
Additional rewards will be ordered right at the completion of the campaign. Our long relationship and good standing with suppliers will help ensure a fast turnaround.
No matter what we are committed to an open and continuous communication with all of you, our backers. Thank you again for your support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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