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Tim
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Great Idea
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.

Scott Orlosky
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Re: Great Idea
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!

NadineJ
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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!

Rob Spiegel
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Re: Great Idea
Rob Spiegel   12/3/2012 10:13:24 PM
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I agree completely, Scott. Simply putting a new emphasis on technology in schools is a step in the right direction. I remember in the 80s when Apple started pushing computers into school. They won a good portion of a whole generation by going into schools.

mrdon
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Re: Great Idea
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!

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Re: Great Idea
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   12/3/2012 1:02:16 PM
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It IS a great idea. I hope the US Gov't takes note of this.  A strong example of private industry working in a free market, to strengthen the economy and provide education for the future.  As it should be; growth and strength by the people, for the people -- without bureaucratic intervention and need to control.

mrdon
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Re: Great Idea
mrdon   12/3/2012 1:15:31 PM
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JimT, Yes, sometimes the best solutions to problems is from people bootstrapping their own resources. Today's society is based on people solving problems using skills and knowledge they have instead of dependency from government agencies. The red tape can really slow down progress.

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Re: Great Idea
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   12/4/2012 12:44:11 PM
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Amen to that, mrdon – bootstrapping is good word, and engineers love to do things themselves.  I recently saw a list published (wish I could recall it for posting, but can't remember ... ) a listing of people considered  "Most Trusted".  At the top of the list were Nurses, Doctors, and Engineers; and while Car Salesmen were dead last, Congressmen were 2nd to last.  Yet somehow, Gov't & congressional mandates still rule so many of our daily activities – as if they know best.

Jon Titus
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Jon Titus   12/4/2012 8:51:03 PM
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That was a Gallup Poll, JimT.  Here's the link: http://www.gallup.com/poll/1654/honesty-ethics-professions.aspx. --Jon

JimT@Future-Product-Innovations
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Re: Great Idea
JimT@Future-Product-Innovations   12/5/2012 6:40:16 PM
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Wow, Jom -- You were right on top of that! Glad you saw it , too !

Cabe Atwell
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Re: Great Idea
Cabe Atwell   5/21/2014 11:19:25 PM
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I don't think their initiative took off as they wanted. While some educators did indeed purchase the Inventor's Kit Lab Pack others turned to the more successful STEM project.

mrdon
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Re: Great Idea
mrdon   12/5/2012 12:31:05 PM
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JimT, Thanks for the comment. It's nice to know the engineering profession can be trusted. Our profession is based on providing sound facts supported by good analytical methods and tools.

TJ McDermott
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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?

TJ McDermott
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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?

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.

DThom
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Re: Education starts at home
DThom   12/3/2012 11:39:36 PM
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Jon,

I've been on three sides of this issue for most of my career.  Industry, Teaching (Technical), and Volunteering in the public school system.  From my point of view, the problem of getting industry people into schools with their valuable experience is a fault that lies in misunderstanding on each of the three sides.  But a key way to improve this problem lies in having a school leader who can take (or assign) the role of a volunteer coordinator.  Teachers and to some extent administrators already have a lot on their plate, and often don't fully understand themselves how a system can work.  Industry often doesn't understand the environment well enough know how and where their resources can be used, and volunteers and teachers need to develop a working trust relationship before students are "turned over".   Again, long story short, a person serving the role of volunteer coordinator can build the methodology to mesh these three entities together.  I guess the hurdle becomes, how to get the importance of this kind of position into the minds of all parties involved.  Hmm... seems like I just wrote myself a job description!

Jon Titus
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Re: Education starts at home
Jon Titus   12/4/2012 8:49:36 PM
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Thanks, DThom, for your good ideas.  I'll check with our local school district and find out if they have a volunteer coordinator, or something similar. That sounds like a good approach.



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