It was crowd-funding that got the book "Yep, it's Rocket Science!" launched, and I hope to inspire patrons to join me as this project enters into a new phase. YiRS is the foundation for 'youth-inspired rocket science', an initiative based on Bob Windt's 137-page, spiral bound book that currently features 26 step-by-step instructions to make different science projects, such as Styrofoam boats, paper rockets and airplanes, small electric hovercrafts, and more! As editor of the book, which is five years in the works, I am launching YiRS and building support for the next phase of the project.

I am committed to my friend and co-creator Bob, and his vision for the youth: get them inspired to build, play, create, and explore through hands-on projects that teach principles of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Bob has mastered the art of using household items to craft his "science toys," and believe me when I say the kids literally have a blast! The most popular by far is the paper rocket that's launched via a PVC pipe and empty soda bottle. Bob has inspired thousands of kids already, and he is set to go much bigger, thanks to an exciting development this year.

In the spring of 2017, the opportunity showed up for Bob to be on "The Toy Box", an ABC Disney-owned show that will be premiering October 1st. In preparation for his TV debut this fall, I am heading to Seattle soon to complete work on the book, which includes editing and updating the book with five new designs, starting a company and non-profit for the project, and connecting with STEM educators and supporters in the community. I get excited when I think of the work I'll be doing soon!

In the meantime, I continue to help Bob with his rocket-building events in our community, and I maintain a Facebook page for the book. It's only been in print a year (& self-published on top of that) and to know what's on the horizon has inspired me to start this page and ask for ongoing support for this work I have been all too happy to do these past five years.

The exciting thing about your support is that we already have a product in hand, and now it's time to take it to the next level. If you're interested in purchasing a book, here's the link. Or check out Bob's YouTube, book web page, the hovercraft company he founded, or the beginnings of YiRS, which we have just launched.

I am excited to share this journey with friends, family, and supporters, and I hope you feel inspired to join us and see where we can take this engaging book and all its possibilities, brought to you by the inventor of the flying hovercraft, a mentor to hundreds of kids (and adults) in the community, and a humble and kind man dedicated to the youth of the world.

Additionally, here is my blog and portfolio, if you'd like to check out my story-telling, reporting, and community work for the past 8 years. 

Thank you!
~ Sarah Ford 
To Join the YiRS Team
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