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SparkFun Takes Electronics to Future Engineers & Scientists

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Jon Titus
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Re: Education starts at home
Jon Titus   12/3/2012 11:44:49 AM
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Hi, T.J.  Yes, some time off from a job to teach or volunteer at a school would help students and teachers, but I don't know of any companies that make provisions for such a thing. At one time Apple gave employees a sabbatical, and it still might.  A "sabbatical" of an afternoon a week to teach or assist kids makes a lot of sense.  Companies and schools would need some sort of curriculum so volunteers wouldn't just show up and "hang out" with students.  Some teachers and administrators get prickly, though, when approached about getting assistance from non-teachers.  They think their teachers know everything and often shun outside assistance.  Sad but true; and I have run into this situation here.

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mrdon   12/3/2012 11:18:04 AM
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Tim, I agree. It is nice to see education initiatives posted on Kickstarter. I truly hope this initiative receives the funding because its vital for our society to have an electronics technology awarness. Also, it will keep a pool of  Electrical-Electronic Engineers available for future tech jobs!

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Education starts at home
TJ McDermott   12/2/2012 5:00:11 PM
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How about a tax break for time donated to local schools for actively teaching a subject?  Or at least a way for an employee to get a couple hours off every month to attend a school to teach what they know?

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Education starts at home
TJ McDermott   12/2/2012 5:00:04 PM
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How about a tax break for time donated to local schools for actively teaching a subject?  Or at least a way for an employee to get a couple hours off every month to attend a school to teach what they know?

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NadineJ   11/30/2012 7:19:21 PM
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I agree. It's brilliant.  I like that they target elementary, middle, and high school students.  According to the kickstarter site, Texas is ahead of California in contributions...gotta stand up for my state and get those numbers higher!

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Scott Orlosky   11/30/2012 2:36:12 PM
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I have to give kudos to SparkFun for even thinking of this idea.  Brilliant!  At a time when government support for education seems at an all time low, anything that the private sector can do to fill the gap is welcome.  I'm in!

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Tim   11/30/2012 5:29:57 AM
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This is such a great use of Kickstarter. I have mostly only seen it used for raising funds for tech or gaming items, so a roject that helps educate kids in electronics is a great use of the website.

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