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KICKSTAR:ED is a weekly show that covers and exciting project in education or science on Kickstarter, the popular crowdfunding platform.

BrainBart

KICKSTART:ED #03 with Satya Murthy & Carmen Tablot of BrainBart

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In this episode of KICKSTART:ED I talked to Satya Murthy and Carmen Talbot, the creators of BrainBart. BrainBart wants to become the Netflix of learning though in the interview Satya pointed out that the business model is more comparable to Mint.com but more on that later.

BrainBart is an idea that Satya got already 10 years ago when he taught art students with his Acer tablet PC. Back then the technology was still pretty clunky and not comparable to modern tablets like the iPad yet the general idea of drawing something on the screen with the students seeing it in real time and the interaction based on this experience was what sparked the idea.

Now that technology including modern tablet devices is part of the daily life of many people, the idea became an application that wants to connect students, teachers and for profit education institutions via a wide variety of devices. From tablets to smart phones to gaming consoles.

Students will have access to free education videos and teachers will get paid to do them through BrainBart’s partnerships with companies in education. Like Mint, BrainBart will collect data of its users and make it available to those institutions that can then deliver highly targeted offers to students and teachers alike.

BrainBart delivers some interesting new angles to the online learning space and I will definitely follow the progress of Satya and Carmen here on KICKSTART:ED. If you want to support them, the relevant links are below the video.

BrainBart Website: http://brainbart.com
Twitter: @brainbart
Facebook: http://facebook.com/brainbartKickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/satyamurthy/brainbart-a-fun-learning-tool
Appbackr: http://www.appbackr.com/app/BrainBart-HD-for-Android

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KICKSTART:ED #02 with Jun Axup of Biochemies

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In this episode of KICKSTART:ED I invited Jun Axup of Biochemies. The project itself is already two years old and Jun’s aim is to bring the world of science closer to children by making the complex concepts more fun and playful.

The Kickstarter project is the first physical product Jun wants to bring to market. She turned the four bases in the DNA (adenine, thymine, guanine and cytosine) into plush toys. And they even connect via magnets where they naturally hydrogen bond, as well.

Jun wants to target three groups for these toys: science geeks who would love to have those plushies as deco on their desks, teachers who could use it in class and of course parents who want to give their kids something educational and maybe spark an early interest in science.

Apparently Biochemies hit a nerve amongst the Kickstarter community. She already raised more than $30,000 USD of $8000 USD pledged. If you want to support Jun and get your own set of DNA plushies, follow the link below.

Biochemies Website: http://biochemies.com
Twitter: @biochemies
Twitter: @junnibug
Facebook: http://facebook.com/biochemiesKickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jun/biochemies-dna-molecule-plush-dolls

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SkyLight

KICKSTART:ED #01 with Andrew Miller of SkyLight

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As promised in the last newsletter (subscribe here, it’s free!), team EDUKWEST is working on some new, exciting shows. One of them launches today: KICKSTART:ED.

The premise is pretty simple. Here at EDUKWEST we always aim to cover startups in education from early on in their journey and accompany them over the years. This show takes it even a step further as we are going to cover startups that don’t even exist yet.

Kickstarter is a website where people with projects or product ideas meet potential “investors”. The concept is called crowdfunding. If people like the idea they pay in advance for the product or just give a donation starting at $1 USD. Depending on the amount people are giving, they usually receive different perks as a thank you.

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SkyLight, the first project we cover at KICKSTART:ED already received more than $18,000 USD, that’s $3,000 more than Andy & Tess pledged for. The device connects any phone with an integrated camera to optical devices such as telescopes or microscopes.

This way you can turn those analog devices into digital ones with a multitude of different use cases. For example add it to binoculars and take pictures of birds and other animals. Connect it to a telescope and take pictures from the night sky. You get the picture (sorry).

The thing where it gets really exciting is in the health care space. Through a Skype enabled smart phone a doctor at some remote place could take a picture of a smear, call a colleague on the other side of the globe and have a real time conversation or analysis about it.

Personally I see a lot of potential for app developers as well, building an app that automatically identifies a constellation when pointed at it etc.

The price of the device will be $60 USD and Andy & Tess are also going to set up a 5:1 program in which they will give away one SkyLight for every 5 devices purchased.

If you want to support Andy & Tess, there are still 10 days to go to get your device first or to donate and receive a nice perk.

SkyLight Website: http://skylightscope.com
Kickstarter: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/190596902/the-skylight-a-smartphone-to-microscope-adapter

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