Our story...

Idea7 LLC was founded in 2017 as an open source hardware and innovation company.  As with most founding stories, there were years of events leading to Idea7’s start in 2017 and we’ll eventually tell that story here.  For now, the gist:  Humble beginnings, grand plans, hard work, and lots of learning.

Technology is advancing rapidly.  Our “process jobs”* are increasingly being automated with robots and apps.  The role of humans in our workforce is seeing a fundamental shift and while old opportunities are closing, new opportunities abound for those who are prepared.

Good thing we’re preparing our kids for this change!…wait, are we?!  [facepalm]

* “Process Job” is what Chris calls pretty much any job (or part of a job) that consists of a predictable process.

Idea7 was created to help solve this problem.  It’s not about the kits, the kits are just one helpful element in a larger purpose–to prepare our kids for the future and give them the skill to find purpose, be creative, and actively learn in a rapidly changing world.

We think project based learning (which is certainly not a new concept) is a crucial part of helping our kids thrive.

TEC Hub Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a very similar mission.  TEC Hub Foundation is all about helping communities get involved with hands-on project-based learning (including STEM, but broader).  Idea7 is more focused on creating useful products and resources to help enable that mission.  At Idea7, we encourage our employees to support TEC Hub Foundation with volunteer time, we provide donations to help TEC Hub Foundation’s mission, and we participate in the online TEC Hub community.  This shouldn’t be a huge surprise since Idea7’s founder also founded TEC Hub Foundation several years earlier.

And now, let the journey begin…

All of our kits begin as open source projects at our local TEC Hub...

We’re proud to be part of the TEC Hub community and we’re passionate about using open source projects for hands-on education and inspiring creativity in young minds.  That’s why we encourage our team members to spend up to 21% of their time supporting TEC Hub Foundation and similar organizations.

Our Team

Chris Thompson

Founder and 1st Servant

Always thinking of the next 42 projects, sometimes we have to bring Chris back to the here and now.  Generous to a fault, he’d give you his car if we let him…we won’t let him.

Mitchell Hudson

Production Guru and Stunt Man

Humble excellence.  Mitchell is good enough to constantly surprise you but he doesn’t need to constantly remind you.  Hang around long enough and he might do a back hand spring or two!

Andy Williams

Farmer and Growth Hacker

Andy is a no-kidding farm ninja.  He can grow anything better than you (he doesn’t say that, he just does it).  We figure, if he can grow plants and animals, he can grow our business too…what could go wrong?

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Here's why our members are excited...

Online Courses

Get an all-access pass to our growing list of courses focused on learning with real projects.  We’re even working to add ACE or NCCRS accreditation so you can use our courses for college credit!

Resources and more

We’ll give you an edge by sharing links to valuable online learning apps, great sources for educational stuff, and more.

Membership plans help us plan ahead and operate more efficiently.  That saves us money and we like to share that savings with our members!

  • 10% off everything in our store.
  • 20% off all single project boxes
  • 30% off sets of 4 boxes (an $84 savings!)
  • No coupons to worry about! Your savings will automatically apply in your cart.
  • Win prizes with Engineering Challenges.
  • Get your design manufactured and featured when you win an Innovation Award.
  • See your marketing strategy GO LIVE when you’re a finalist for the Influencer Award.
  • Schedule a Life Coaching session with Chris (1 per year).

We know it’s weird, but this “for profit” business puts the mission first.  We’re here to make a difference and that starts with being a little different.  We’re not perfect, but you’ll find we’re perfectly committed to doing our best for you!

  • Get knowledgeable support from Idea7 and a helpful community.
  • Distinguished student members receive letters of recommendation and support from our professional network.