Thank You, Friends
After five years of being in business, I still feel immense gratitude for each and every sale and for customers who openly share their experience with us. It's a reminder that we are doing something meaningful and motivates us to continue our mission.
Thank you to everyone that has supported and collaborated with us over the years. Thank you to the educators that have introduced your programs to your learners. Thank you to the researchers and hobbyists who monitor and openly share your environmental readings.
The speed in which hands-on learning has been adapted in and out of the classroom is a testament to the facilitators, educators and parents that believe in the value of STEAM education. Open Community Science is gaining traction and supports our belief that all of are capable of understanding our environment and that the data should be shared openly and freely.
Going forward our programs are being updated to include environmental projects that address the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Earth Charter. We believe that this is a crucial step for the future of education.
Special thanks to Jude Roxas for illustrating our logos and banners. We love the evolution of your art and our brand. Safecast for being our partner in environmental monitoring. Jory Felice and Ned Martinez-Zavala for being our LA ground crew. Ruby Rios for designing our instructions. Indie.vc for believing in our vision. And of course, we will always be grateful to co-founder Luz Rivas who continues to support youth as Assemblymember, 39th District at California State Assembly.
Highlights From The Past 5 Years
And now for a trip down memory lane....
KitHub was started by Tara and Luz as a monthly subscription service.
“But still try, for who knows what is possible.”
- Michael Faraday, inventor of electromagnetic rotary devices -
KitHub introduced formal and informal learning programs with 10-week curriculum and environmental projects including the hydrophone and Safecast bGeigie nano.
"Designed by Engineers. Created for Everyone."
- KitHub -
This year was a blur of conferences and meeting energetic educators.
Deployed the Safecast Air prototype worldwide.
"Air pollution is a major environmental risk to health. By reducing air pollution levels, countries can reduce the burden of disease from stroke, heart disease, lung cancer, and both chronic and acute respiratory diseases, including asthma."
- World Health Organization -
We made the decision to focus on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the Earth Charter.
"Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better."
- Albert Einstein -
We're in the development stage of new environmentally-focused projects based on customer feedback.
There are a million blog posts and books with startup lessons. Here are a few that apply to almost all situations.
Attend events focused on topics that you are genuinely interested in because that's where you will find others who will "get you" and have a higher likelihood of genuine encounters.
Be prepared to explain what you are interested in a sentence or two. No jargon, no sales pitch, no job titles. When Luz and I chatted and exchanged what we were focused on, we quickly realized there was a lot of synergy. Synergy opens doors you didn't know existed.
Keep an open-mind. In October 2014 I attended a Town Hall in Los Angeles with President Barack Obama. I didn't go with the intent of finding a co-founder, but after I bumped into Luz, I left with the possibility of combining our shared interest in hands-on learning to start a project together. One month later we started KitHub.