@ShrimpingIt: Learn Prototyping
@ShrimpingIt develop easy-to-follow projects for learners and educators to make their first programmable gadgets with electronics prototyping materials, suitable to be incorporated in UK national curriculum study and after school clubs. @ShrimpingIt projects are supported by extensive step-by-step graphical documentation on their website and progressive examples which expose participants to the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the area. They aim to curate the best of ‘Maker’ culture to offer a relevant, authentic context for STEM learning challenges. To fund the social enterprise element, @ShrimpingIt sell kits and provide face to face workshops, sharing their expertise on both commercial terms and through free-to-access community programmes in their home town of Morecambe.
@ShrimpingIt began by trying to create a cheaper and more educational alternative to the mainstream hobbyist ‘Arduino’ printed circuit boards, freely documenting how to construct their new layout on a prototyping material called solderless breadboard, for around £5. The original ‘Shrimp’ layout was so well received that they went on to develop additional projects, starting with the Shrimp circuit, and then creating a Persistence of Vision illusion, Banana Piano and Alarm Clock. @ShrimpingIt now sell hundreds of kits a week to a range of institutions globally and have also opened a retail premises on the Morecambe seafront. They run regular community engagement initiatives with locals and invitees from all over the UK. Their work has been recognised and supported through awards from The Lancaster Guardian, Santander and UnLtd.