Kickstarting the Parts and Crafts Monthly Make-It!

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William Macfarlane

Oct 18, 2016, 2:38:14 PM10/18/16
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Parts and Crafts Monthly Make-It!
A box of cool projects every month, shipped directly from our shop to your mailbox. Open it, build it, take it apart, make something!

The Monthly Make-It is a monthly kit subscription program.  Each kit will contain all the parts you need to complete a number of projects each month -- lightsabers, catapults, motorcars, kaleidoscopes, and more!   Each month we'll ship a new box of projects, and each month you’ll be able to open it and build something awesome.

Help us get the word out!

Sign up for a kit, sponsor a workshop, donate $25 to show your support, and tell everyone you know about why you think this is worth supporting!  Starting TODAY until November 15, please help us get the word out -- to friends, family, colleagues, media connections, wealthy patrons, social media moguls -- anyone interested in tech, parenting, the arts, education who might be excited about supporting this new initiative.  

About Parts and Crafts

Parts and Crafts is a kid makerspace and community workshop in Somerville MA. Through our programs - campschool alternativeafterschool, and open shop - we try to ensure that all of the kids in our community have access to the tools, resources, and expertise they need to turn their ideas into real things.   We've spent the last seven years developing a range of simple, easy-to-build projects, and we're taking some of our favorites and turning them into kits that you can put together at home, at your kitchen table, or in your classroom.

Help keep our programs accessible and affordable

Building off last year’s One Lightsaber Per Child Project, The Monthly Make-It is a way to fund our outreach and accessibility efforts.  Our workshop is located in a city literally up the street from some of the biggest names in tech -- Google, Microsoft, MIT -- but where 64% of kids are eligible for free and reduced lunch.  Kit sales directly support work with local partner organizations -- the Welcome ProjectPublic LabSomerville Community CorporationFreedom ConnexionSomerville Public Schools, and others.  Above all, they fund sliding scale and scholarships, which are an essential tool for keeping our programs affordable and accessible for families in our wider community.

An open-source library of awesome projects

Our goal is to use these kits to build an open-source library of cool things to make and do.  Kits will include real-world components with clear, easy-to-follow instructions.  To help you out, we will be documenting the design and manufacturing process for each kit and making the following things available under a Creative Commons ShareAlike License:  
  • How to build it -- both as a document and as an instructional video
  • How it works -- a brief explanation of concepts behind the projects
  • Where/how you can get the parts in the kit 
  • How to manufacture any custom pieces 
  • Any other important notes we have on the design
We hope that, by making the kits entirely open-source, educators and youth community leaders will be able to use our kits as a springboard for developing affordable classroom-scale projects at any budget. 

Thank you for your support!   

We are beyond excited about this project, but we can’t do it without you. The Monthly Make-It will help us keep our workshop open, keep our projects accessible, and help us grow our online resources to better support makers just like you.  We hope you'll be a part of it!

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