We’re making new open source hardware kits!

Can you tell what’s in the picture?

Here’s a hint, it’s part of our new kit!  Want to know when this kit is available?  Easy!  Just sign up for our newsletter (at the bottom of page) and we’ll be sure to let you know when we launch!  (We hate spam as much as you, we’ll never abuse your email address.)

At Idea7 we love making things and we want to share that joy with others.

We’ve thought a lot about how to do that, and we have plenty of ideas.  (Way more than 7!)  But one idea keeps floating to the top of our list–We need to make great kits.  Over the years we’ve learned to really appreciate the value of a good kit, and we love open source hardware, so we’ve decided to make open source hardware kits for everyone!

  • Kits can save time and help you get started with a new project.
  • Kits can save money over finished products and are frequently cheaper than buying your own components.
  • Hands-on projects are a great way to learn, and kits are a huge help with that.
  • Building a kit together is a great way to share time with friends and loved ones.
  • Open source hardware means that you can use and remix our designs even if you decide not to buy our kits.

Kits are great for all ages and skill levels!

For students and new makers, kits can be a great way to learn new ways of making things and experience success with a new type of project.  Those early successes tend to propel us forward and build the foundation for a lifetime love of learning and building.

But kits aren’t just great for beginners. For master craftsmen, engineers, seasoned makers, veteran product designers, and DIY gurus, kits can be a great way to stretch their skills into a new area or just save a lot of time.

Personally, I love kits.  For example, it doesn’t matter that I understand how to build a 3d Printer from scratch.  I’m super happy to use a great kit instead.  In fact, as I write this, my oldest son and I have just finished building a new Prusa i3 MK2S from Prusa Research.  (High five, Josef, this is a great kit!) Maybe our next 3d printer build will be our own prototype kit, but for now, I really appreciate the work Josef has put into this awesome kit.

So what’s our next open source hardware kit??

We like the way a fun hands-on activity can really spark a young student’s interest, and we want our kits to help with that.  To that end, we’re working on several kits that we think will be helpful for STEM (or STEAM) related learning.  (For the uninitiated, STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  STEAM adds an “A” for art which we think is great.)

Our first retail kit specifically for learning will be…AN AIRPLANE KIT!! But not just any airplane kit–What makes this one special (aside from the fact that my youngest son loves airplanes) is that it’s designed to encourage learning in a really hands-on and exploratory way.

This airplane kit will be a perfect compliment to middle school or high school STEM curriculum.

We’re designing this kit for teachers or parents who are looking for a good hands-on way to teach principles of flight.  It will also be a good kit to teach design principles, computer-aided design, and 3d printing.  The kit includes many 3d printed components and it’s open source hardware so you can print your own parts or modify them to make them better!

The kit is a modular platform that can start as a hand-tossed glider, be modified to be a rubber band launched glider, then a rubber band powered propeller airplane, and finally a battery-powered electric airplane.  It will allow students to adjust and tweak on the fly (see what we did there?) as they develop a deeper grasp of the principles of flight.

This is just the beginning…

We have many more kits to follow and we invite you all to join our journey.  Stay tuned for more kits, curriculum, fun competitions, and more!

Also, as soon as TEC Hub Foundation’s new website is ready, we’ll introduce each of our kits as projects over at the TEC Hub website.

Okay, enough reading, now go make something awesome!

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