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.
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.
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!!
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FuzePlay plug at minute 1:00 :)
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.)
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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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“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. ”
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.
“I’ve worked really hard to create a product that is super fun, and can scale and you can learn alongside your child,” Sevy says. Her hard work is appreciated by parents everywhere who want to buy their children STEAM friendly products that they can learn from together. Educators are also stoked on the Zubi Flyer and the education it could lend to their classrooms.
“The future of jobs is in STEM fields. Here are some facts:
- The top jobs and innovations of today require STEM expertise.
- The US ranks lower than 28 other countries for STEM.
- Women only comprise 24% of all STEM fields combined.
“It takes the community to help fix the problem of education,” says Sevy. “Parents are looking for [STEM-education opportunities], and I think Craft Lake City is a great catalyst for parents to find it.”
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Los juguetes, robots y diversos dispositivos para que los niños aprendan a programar son cada vez más populares, y ya os hemos hablado de las ventajas y beneficios de muchos de ellos.
"I decided to start a STEM learning company that teaches coding and electronics in a fun and simple way - that someone like myself would feel comfortable purchasing and doing with their child! My team developed a hackable toy called the Zubi Flyer," she explained.
Code Zubi Flyer With Arduino
Click HERE for the Fuze Install Kit
Code Zubi Flyer With ScratchX
Click HERE to beta the Fuze ScratchX Extension
In The Box
- Zubi Flyer Frisbee
- Illuminator Printed Circuit Board
- Magnet Wand
- Instructable Booklet
- Happy Face Micro-USB
- Diffraction Glasses (2 Pairs)
- Accessory Box
12 Fun Games
Newbie Zubie, Catch the Light, Hot Potato, Copy Cat, Hand Harmonica, Telephone, Pong, RGB Light Hack, RGB Single Light Hack, Shortcut Hack, Mood Light, Name that Tune
Connect Zubi to a computer to learn coding
Physically assemble the flyer
Educational Instructable - Learn how Zubi works, or explore fun facts about electrical current flow and different forms of energy
Creatively Explore Light
See light differently with our fun light diffraction glasses, and play with over 16 million hues of color
Digitally Explore Sound
Control 7 octaves of sound with the buzzer
Reed & Button Switches, 7 Octave Piezo Buzzer, Circuits & Circuit Board, Microcontroller, Push Buttons, RGB LEDs, Electrical Current Flow, Forms of Energy
Arduino - Open Source
Our programs are FREE for anyone to use with access to FREE code repositories where you can explore the endless possibilities of coding your Zubi Flyer
Online Learning Portal
Our FUZE website will have a FREE learning portal that will have a minimum of three courses that will walk you through the process of changing code on your flyer
- PC Board
- IC MCU 8BIT 32KB FLASH 44QFN (ATMEGA32U4)
- AUDIO PIEZO TRANSDUCER 30V TH
- 5050 APA102C THREE-COLOR LED SMD
- PHOTOCELL 27-60KOHM
- SWITCH REED SPST-NO 500MA 140V
- TACTILE SWITCH SPST-NO 0.02A 15V
- SWITCH PUSHBUTTON SPST 2A 14V
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.
- ATmega32U4 running at 5V/16MHz
- Supported under Arduino IDE v1.0.1
- On-Board micro-USB connector for programming
- Rx and Tx Hardware Serial Connections
Zubi Flyer .ZIP Library
Zubi Flyer Drivers (Windows only)
Mac + Windows
See PIN Assignments HERE
learn how stuff works!