DIY Kits Teach and Challenge Both Kids and Adults to Build Fun, Useful Electronic Devices From the Comfort of Their Own Home
Buffalo, NY (November 16th, 2016)- Today, Thimble, a monthly subscription service and learning platform, announced the launch and shipment of their first learn-and-build electronics kits. The kits are a part of a direct-delivery monthly service to empower kids as well as adults to understand the fundamentals of electronics including building, embedded programing and advanced manufacturing design techniques. Each kit includes step-by-step instructions for the maker to code, build, and hack a DIY electronic device. Kits build in level of difficulty the longer an individual subscribes, enabling the maker to always feel challenged and encourage them to constantly learn and innovate.
Thimble is the invention of two young Buffalo entrepreneurs: a computer engineer and a former college admission officer who came together to share their passion for STEM education and make it more accessible to the masses. The company started as a grassroots Kickstarter campaign that quickly became the largest crowdfunding campaign in Western New York. The campaign raised more than a quarter of a million dollars from 1,776 backers. The company offers the kits both through individual sale and monthly subscriptions. The first kit comes with a reusable Arduino-compatible microcontroller and the option to purchase a toolkit that will help novices to hit the ground running. There are currently five kits available for delivery and 16 additional kits in the pipeline. Future kits will include a Wi-Fi robot, LED cube, quadcopter, LED compass, Wi-Fi light switch, alarm clock, weather station, among many other fun, functional, and educational projects.
³Through Thimble we hope to inspire all individuals, from budding hackers to semi-professional hobbyists, to fulfill their curiosity and interest in building electronics,² says Oscar Pedroso, CEO and co-founder of Thimble.
For more seasoned makers looking for an additional challenge, Thimble offers online video contests for individuals to show off what the electronics they¹ve built can do. Videos will be judged by an expert panel who have worked for leading technology companies including Intel, AT&T, Upverter, Autodesk and Hackster.
Individual kits are available for $89 or as low as $59 each when part of a 12-month subscription and includes U.S. shipping.