STEAM Stories: When Thea LED the Way

Craft with circuits. Electrify a world.

Sep 28, 2017

Project update 1 of 6

Funding Goal Reached on Day 1!

A huge thank you for helping us reach our funding goal on the first day!

Here’s a teaser — the first page of Chapter 1:

We’ve had a few questions asking about the age range for this electronic craftbook. Children between ages 11-13 have tried out the book with parental supervision and really enjoyed it. We also had a few adults test out the book, and they liked it too! We ran the story text through a couple of readibility tests (Flesch Kincaid and Coleman Liau) and the story appears to be about 6th grade reading level, which is around 11-12 years old.

Our official recommended age of this electronics kit is 14+ because the kit comes with lithium coin cells, which are a choking hazard. Some countries (such as Australia) have made it illegal for children under the age of 14 to handle bare batteries of any type, hence the recommended age of 14+. You definitely should avoid giving it to children who are still at risk of choking hazards.

Our Next Steps

Next week, bunnie will be flying to Florida to support a Love to Code programming workshop given by the inspiring Jie Qi at the Grace Hopper Celebration. (By the way, Jie’s Love to Code book will be amazing and engaging — I was a beta tester and the artwork made me giggle at some points.) On the way back from Grace Hopper, bunnie will stop by the factory and directly supervise the printing of "When Thea LED the Way," straight off the press. We are deeply committed to meeting our promise of shipping the first 200 units in time for Christmas!

And Finally, a Big, Big Thank You!

Wow! We met our campaign goal on the first day! I am so excited and grateful. Grateful to all the backers who believe in this, and to all those that helped out — Trivia Goh for illustrations (she is a pleasure to work with and captured the dark mood exactly!), Isabel Meg Fang for package design, George Devasia for taking photographs of the product, and the beta testers — some were young while others were young-at-heart. I could go on gushing — I feel like I’m giving an acceptance speech for a major award, where you want to thank everybody because you’re so grateful, but you’re afraid of missing people’s names… So maybe it’s time to go!

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