Letter to ISTE

Letter to ISTE

July 06, 2018

Teachers are the new Tech Wizards!! The children you teach will very soon lead us with a power we have not yet experienced in the world.  Your responsibility is great, and Digital Citizenship is real. #ISTE18

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Leading Dynamic Digital Skills Training

Leading Dynamic Digital Skills Training

April 16, 2018

Educators, we need you!  To be a leader in dynamic digital skills training General Assembly has been on my radar for a while. Zubi Flyer graduates learners from logic oriented game play to block based programming and on to text based scripting in an intuitive open source development environment. We close skills gaps and I like to benchmark myself against those doing similarly great work! 

Today, Switzerland based Adecco Group announced plans to purchase New York based General Assembly for $412.5 million.  That is a BIG number!! Where and how is that kind of value created?!

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Zubi Flyer: Integrating PreK-6 Computer Science Programming

Zubi Flyer: Integrating PreK-6 Computer Science Programming

February 05, 2018

FuzePlay’s hardware platform FUZE’s play by allowing all online experiences to be taken offline and into the real word, thus creating opportunity for global citizenship and peer-to-peer sharing. Our approach is simple, put futuristic technologies into universal toys and teach through play while leveraging free, open source tools that are familiar to educators and commonly used inside the classroom. We are high-tech for the non-tech and make learning tech as easy as 1, 2, 3, Build Hack Play.

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A Computer Science Tool for Educators

A Computer Science Tool for Educators

February 02, 2018

Organizational Leadership is a hot topic across the nation as administrators struggle to accommodate for STEM related programming. All have a myriad of varied needs and resources. Most all educators find themselves at a similar starting point summarized well by a recent report showing that 78% of teachers have not received the training necessary to teach with technology.

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WATCH US OPEN OUR OWN PRODUCT

WATCH US OPEN OUR OWN PRODUCT

December 18, 2017

Last week we did just that!  After two years of hard work and many product iterations Kristy and I received and opened the very first Zubi Flyer!  It has been incredible to see the response we have received from individuals and organizations since word has gotten out that Zubi Flyer is in stock!!  

*video switches to horizontal after Kristy's 
  FuzePlay plug at minute 1:00 :)

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10 Coolest Entrepreneurs: These Business Cool Kids Will Knock Your Socks Off

10 Coolest Entrepreneurs: These Business Cool Kids Will Knock Your Socks Off

December 06, 2017

They’ll knock your socks off.

From head to toe, these entrepreneurs are all impressive, all unique and all cool.

So kick it up a notch and read through their cool feats (and feet).

(For those who count 11 ­sockstars above, to that we say: the more, the Mo’ Bettah.)

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10 Coolest Entrepreneurs: Kristy Sevy

10 Coolest Entrepreneurs: Kristy Sevy

December 06, 2017

Kristy Sevy is so fly. (And purple hair is just the beginning.) It’s been almost two years since she started FuzePlay, an edTech company that helps kids “build, hack, play.” Their premier product, the ZUBI Flyer, will officially soar off shelves this December. But Sevy’s mission to disrupt the industry and inspire a new generation of kids in the world of coding is already off-the-charts smart.

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Product hunters and gatherers connect at November Product Hunt

Product hunters and gatherers connect at November Product Hunt

December 06, 2017

The founders of RAGS and Fuze Play are two well-known and highly successful companies that also attended the Product Hunt meetup. Becky Kay, social media manager for RAGS, said they came to the event because founder Rachel Nilsson is such a beacon in the startup community. Nilsson went from sewing her stretchy neckline toddler rompers in her parents’ basement to a successful pitch on “Shark Tank.”

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The Right Way to Brag About Your Company's Volunteer Work

The Right Way to Brag About Your Company's Volunteer Work

December 06, 2017

Altruism merits bragging. "Publicizing your volunteer successes on social media is a valid return on investment," says Kristy Sevy, founder of Fuze-Play, an ed-tech startup in Salt Lake City. Concerned about being perceived as self-serving? "The way to document volunteerism is through transparency and concrete information," says Lawrence Gelburd, who teaches management at the Wharton School. 

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ENTREPRENEUR FEATURE: KRISTY, EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

ENTREPRENEUR FEATURE: KRISTY, EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY

December 06, 2017

I entered the startup world a little over a year ago when I decided to build FuzePlay! I didn’t have a background tech or business, but worked hard to develop the competence needed to run a company and develop a technical platform.

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Education Is Your Business + 5 Ways To Get Involved

Education Is Your Business + 5 Ways To Get Involved

December 06, 2017

The United States spends more money on education than many countries, yet those dollars have not yielded better performance. For example, The Slovak Republic, which spends around $53,000 USD per student, performs at the same level as the United States, which spends over $115,000 USD per student.

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From Copycat To Maker

From Copycat To Maker

November 02, 2017

Few experiences can compete with the awe and wonder inspired by a visit to China. The magnitude and scale is beyond anything familiar here in the United States to the point that touching ground in JFK, LAX or SFO all feel infrastructurally and technologically dated. And, the old school stereotype of a lethargic state-run Communist China, well that just isn’t true. China is not without its problems and its officials still love to meddle, but even its inefficiencies are playing to the advantage of enterprising entrepreneurs.

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Ni Hao From China!

Ni Hao From China!

November 01, 2017

The Zubi Flyer is a toy for kids and expected to be thrown, dropped, and who knows what else.  We tested the parts over concrete with a PCB in place throwing long distances to ensure the lid wasn't going to pop off or loosen during play or when hit against another object. The Zubi Flyer protects and secures the PCB and it flies great!! 

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What Is Light Diffraction

What Is Light Diffraction

September 07, 2017

Diffraction is the bending of waves around obstacles, or the spreading of waves by passing them through an aperture, or opening. Any sort of energy that travels in a wave is capable of diffraction, and the diffraction of light and sound waves produces a range of effects.  Sound waves are much bigger than light waves, however, so diffraction of sound is a part of everyday life that most people today take for granted.  Diffraction of light waves, on the other hand, is a lot more complex, and has a range of applications in science and technology, including the use of diffraction gratings in the creation of holograms.

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A Typhoon of Modern Wealth

A Typhoon of Modern Wealth

August 28, 2017

As startups we hustle, like nations pivot. Right now large shifts are brewing in global trade, and top economies are converging fast and hard for the win. On the global front Russia is organizing its biggest Zapad in military history while China is seeing unprecedented growth in market sectors that should have America business leaders shaking at the knees.

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The Best Kind of Toys for Kids

The Best Kind of Toys for Kids

August 25, 2017

If you were lucky as a kid you had the opportunity to turn a cardboard box into anything from a rocket ship to school bus!  Watching my kids play makes me want to light their toys all on the fire and dance around the ashes, then cancel Christmas.  The reality is that the imagination of a child is much more entertaining than anything that I could buy from the store.  And, as it turns out, science shows strong evidence that my evil plan might actually not be that evil at all.  

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FUZE FLIES HIGH: A HACKABLE FLYING SAUCER KEEPS KIDS LEARNING

FUZE FLIES HIGH: A HACKABLE FLYING SAUCER KEEPS KIDS LEARNING

July 06, 2017

It was 2015 and Kristy Sevy was running out of answers to her daughter’s questions. She found herself filling up shelves with wasted science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) toys and constantly Googling to explain how things worked.

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5 Things We Love – In Tech and Digital – This Week! 6/26/17

5 Things We Love – In Tech and Digital – This Week! 6/26/17

June 28, 2017

Brittany Williams highlights some of the coolest and most empowering resources, media, and news by and for women in tech!

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FuzePlay Volunteer Circuit Workshop

FuzePlay Volunteer Circuit Workshop

June 02, 2017

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Girl Scouts of America Zubi Flyer Patch Program

Girl Scouts of America Zubi Flyer Patch Program

June 02, 2017

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BYU Underwater Robotics Competition

BYU Underwater Robotics Competition

June 01, 2017

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The Zubi Flyer Magnet Wand

The Zubi Flyer Magnet Wand

May 25, 2017

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A Village of Women: Why Women Business Owners Matter as Mentors

A Village of Women: Why Women Business Owners Matter as Mentors

May 23, 2017

“A managing partner at a big VC firm offered to help me craft my pitch, and people were amazed I got a meeting with her,” says Sevy. “She brought another woman, a CEO of a multi-million dollar corporation. They mentored me for more than an hour. This was a huge lesson that successful women genuinely want to champion other women, and that I should never be afraid to simply ask for advice. ”

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Funding Females: A look into what it’s like raising venture capital as a female.

Funding Females: A look into what it’s like raising venture capital as a female.

May 23, 2017

It’s a tough and tricky land mine of a story. And I’m terrified to write it. Because while I am a female, I’ve never tried to raise funds. Pretty much the only qualifications I have to write this story is owning a computer and having access to the Silicon Slopes Medium account. So, instead of opining, I’m going to stick with the facts and the experiences others have graciously shared with me to address this problem.

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Tech Specs

Code Zubi Flyer

Fuze Install Kit

Zubi Flyer Pin Assignments

In The Box 

Built-In Features

Electronics Parts

Microcontroller Specs 

The Zubi Flyer is the bomb dot com for makers: 5 PWM pins, 12 DIOs as well as hardware serial connections Rx and Tx. Running at 16MHz and 5V. The onboard switch-mode boost regulator is designed to operate on 3 Volts.  Power can be supplied from a 3 Volt CR123A battery or from a USB cable that provides regulated +5 Volts DC to the board. Do not run any power exceeding 5 Volts as the regulator cannot handle step-down voltage.

System Requirements

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