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The world's fastest recycled toy and science project - a modular hovercraft kit made from up-cycled material
The world's fastest recycled toy and science project - a modular hovercraft kit made from up-cycled material
375 backers pledged $82,450 to help bring this project to life.

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The Strawbees modular Hovercraft kit is the ultimate toy and science experience that hovers across land and sea at over 25 miles per hour (~40 km/h). Create your own spectacular design and race with your friends and family! One is fun, two are great, and four on a tricky track that you have built is the most fun thing you can do!

The Hovercraft experience is designed to be the most fun STEAM project ever. Learn about science, technology, engineering, art, and math and morph your classroom into a space of innovative inventions, and reuse everything year after year. 

 

 

Strawbees inventor Erik Thorstensson has always been a fan of engineering and technology projects, with R/C planes and cars in particular.

One weekend he crashed his drone and wondered what he could do with the undamaged parts. He created the first prototype of the Hovercraft with cardboard and brought the first version to the Strawbees office. The team has, since that day, used the Hovercraft every day.

 

Erik loves to design and prototype, so he created the Hovercraft for every kid (and parent) to experience the design process and create their own spectacular and speedy (and flying?) design. The kit will 'never' break  because it can be easily be revived with materials found in the waste bin.

Imagine creating a new design every summer and see the evolution. At what age will the daughter or son create a faster design than the parent? 

 

  

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The Hovercraft is a highly engineered product with speed variance, playfulness, modularity, and lightweight materials as key design criteria. The parts included are injection molded parts, electronics, cardboard, covers, and Strawbees to make the mechanical linkage system.

 

 

 

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The box takes us back to the 1950s and the dream of flying cars of the future. Each kit contains the materials listed below, and depending on reward, have more to build additional hovercrafts, contain educational curriculum, or even the Inventor himself.    

 

 

 

We have used this product now for two years and we all love it. We want inspire more kids, parents, and teachers to engage in design and creative engineering. To be able to produce at a cost level that enables a reasonable price, we need to get to a certain volume of products, and for that reason, we believe Kickstarter is the perfect place.

 

 

 

                           

Please take a look at some high resolution images, movies and other press kit material at our Google Drive folder. 

 

 * Waste-to-race-time-ratio, re-usability, mod-ability, speed

Risks and challenges

The Strawbees team has previous experience with two successful Kickstarters, and knows the dedication that you have to put into a project to make it happen. We promise that we will deliver a product higher than expected, and will work to deliver on time.

Delays that could occur is producing the tooling for the injection molded parts or if any of our technology partners are delayed due to capacity constraints.

However, we have a very good relationship with the producer of the products, and we have made proper due diligence regarding sourcing and tooling with the efforts to maintain momentum.

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    The Hovercraft poster

    The race is on! Pledge 15 USD to get your own awesome Hovercraft engineering poster!

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    Thanks - Have a t-shirt!

    A t-shirt in your size! By popular demand showcasing over the years at Maker Faires, we're happy to make the first, public Strawbees apparel available with this Kickstarter!

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    Single Hovercraft kit - EARLY BIRD

    One awesome Hovercraft kit with three covers in total. Get two covers in a 50s style and one blank one for you to customize as your own design.

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    Single Hovercraft kit

    One awesome Hovercraft kit with three covers in total. Get two covers in a 50s style and one blank one for you to customize as your own design.

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    Double Hovercraft kit - EARLY BIRD

    Twice the fun when you can race your friends and family! Two Hovercraft kits, four 50s style covers, and two blank ones to design your own.

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    Double Hovercraft kit

    Twice the fun when you can race your friends and family! Two Hovercraft kits, four 50s style covers, and two blank ones to design your own.

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    Race Kit of 4 - EARLY BIRD

    For the ultimate race experience. Four Hovercraft kits including eight 50s style covers, 4 awesome country cover, and 4 blank covers, and a poster!

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    Race Kit of 4

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    STEAM Classroom kit - EARLY BIRD

    The fastest recycled STEAM Science project ever. Let the classroom morph into a lair of science, technology, art, and design and reuse year after year.

    Includes 12 Hovercraft kits, 48 covers, and a STEAM curriculum guide developed by progressive science teachers.

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    STEAM Classroom kit

    The fastest recycled STEAM Science project ever. Let the classroom morph into a lair of science, technology, art, and design and reuse year after year.

    Includes 12 Hovercraft kits, 48 covers, and a STEAM curriculum guide developed by progressive science teachers.

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    Race Track Grand Prix

    The ultimate experience for a school, science center, or retreat!

    Meet the Strawbees inventors and build an interactive race course!

    Includes 24 Hovercraft kits, a massive race course, and the Inventor for a day, anywhere in the world, to lead a Hovercraft building workshop!

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