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An easy, fun, and educational kit that builds STEAM skills and grows from a soldering project to a friend you can program.
An easy, fun, and educational kit that builds STEAM skills and grows from a soldering project to a friend you can program.
An easy, fun, and educational kit that builds STEAM skills and grows from a soldering project to a friend you can program.
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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.   

"Personal-Eyes"

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?

Pixel Power 

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. 

Kit Contents

Each Chip Kit Includes: CHIP PCB, Pixel Power PCB, (2) Buttons, Slide Switch, Male Right Angle Header, Female Header, (2) 220Ohm Resistors, Battery Clip, (2) 10mm Blue LEDS, (2) 10mm Red LEDS, (2) 10mm Green LEDS, (2) 10mm Yellow LEDs, (1) 3-volt Coin-cell Battery
 

An Hour of Code

When you plug Chip into an Arduino, you can control Chip's eyes with programming. Chip is an excellent way to get kids involved in Computer Science and take part in the Hour of Code initiative.  

What is an Arduino? Arduino.cc

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.

Please select a reward to help us make Chip a reality. 

Your pledges not only fund the mass production of Chip to an affordable price but helps us to continue developing more kits that makes learning electronics more accessible to all skill types, young and old.

So, please support us and spread the word.  

Every little bit counts and we are eternally grateful.


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. 

Pixel Pals Original Sketch
Pixel Pals Original Sketch

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

Soldering Sunday Team: Jean, Paul, Lee
Soldering Sunday Team: Jean, Paul, Lee

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

No problem. Soldering is not magic and it is not hard. It is a learned skill and with a little guidance anyone can do it.  Chip will come with a full set of detailed instructions, as well as a video how-to guide. For those teaching soldering, we will have curriculum for you as well. 

One of our inspirations, and still the best soldering resource around, comes from Mitch Altman. Mitch Altman, Andie Nordfren, and Jeff Keyzer put together a 7-page comic book on just how to solder.  it is translated into numerous languages and is available for free.  (click on it to go to the Might Ohm download page)

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. 

Not local to New Jersey, there are plenty of Makerspaces, Hackerspaces,  and Fab Labs around the globe where you can learn. 

Thank you again for your support. You can always find us at SolderingSunday.com or on Tindie.

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.

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    EARLY BIRD: Be the first to receive a CHIP kit with "Personal-Eyes." We plan to ship by second of week of December.

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    PLUG & PLAY PACK: CHIP Kit & SALDUINO. Everything you need to play. Chip, the Pixel Power, and a SALDUINO UNO R3 (our version of an Arduino UNO R3).

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    CLASSROOM: 25 CHIP kits. Enough for a large group or whole classroom.

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    PIXEL PAL PARTY! Soldering class with Soldering Sunday. Held at FUBAR Labs in Highland Park, New Jersey. Includes a Bag-O-Chips and instruction for 10 people. Does not have to be on a Sunday. If you have more than 10 people, contact us first please before pledging. Schedule to be arranged with backers.

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    PIXEL PAL PARTY at your location! Soldering class with Soldering Sunday. Held at your location (within 100 mile radius of FUBAR Labs in Highland Park, New Jersey). Includes 2 Bag-O-Chips and instruction for up to 20 people. Does not have to be on a Sunday. If you have more than 20 people, contact us first please before pledging. Schedule to be arranged with backers.

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