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Kickstarter.com Archives - The Wonders Expedition™ - @Archeoastronomy

July 23, 2019

URGENT! Make A Mircacle Happen for the Ancient Inca Indians

URGENT.  PLEASE READ AND SHARE WITH ALL YOU KNOW.  TIME IS RUNNING OUT!

We don’t exactly know why the Inca Indians of Peru left their incredible hidden city of Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains of Peru, but less than 24 hours now exist to help bring them back to life through our first of its kind-interactive book for the iPad we endeavor to design, shoot, write and build through a Kickstarter.com campaign you can still make a pledge to and support.  With your pledge, we stand a chance of creating a miracle–raising almost $53,000 online in less than 24 hours to support and incredible project that will help bring a Wonder of the Worldto children of all ages around the globe.

Convert Your Works to the Interactive Book for the iPad

We need these funds to help send a crew to Peru to do hi-res, digital photography of the site that will be used to visually tell the story of what happened to this lost civilization in South America that was swallowed up into the Peruvian jungle until  it was “rediscovered” by American Archaeologist Hiram Bingham in 1911–and he himself raised funds in 1912 to go back and bring evidence of what it was like to share the world through black and white photos and early descriptions.

With the book we are building with the iPad, there will be 3-D animations to use and get a better understanding of this historic site that almost 1 million people visit each year from around the world.  We will have HD video, an incredible 3-D animated tour so if you never get to go, through our book you will feel like you’ve been there.  There will be incredible, breath-taking photography of the site and a historic account of the important aspects of Machu Picchu that you cannot get from just reading a book.

MAKE A PLEDGE

All you have to do is go right now to the Kickstarter.com site and make a pledge.  If we do not reach the goal by Tuesday 9 a.m. CDT, we will not receive a penny of funding and you will be charged NOTHING.

THEN ENCOURAGE EVERYONE YOU KNOW

We need your help to encourage everyone you know to also make a miracle happen.  The Inca deserve to have their story shared and preserved through the ages with this incredible technological development and it is not going to happen without your help and those of your social and personal networks.

Please, write your friends an email and send them this link and let them know you’re supporting this project and need your help to make this miracle happen.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/thewondersexpedition/the-machu-picchu-hd-interactive-book-for-ipad

Please.  Time is running out.  Save the story of the Inca and support our effort.  You will get some great rewards for doing so, and know through the course of time you helped a people from long, long ago.

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Building An Interactive Book on the iPad

We are in the process of converting Dr. Mark Van Stone’s 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya book to an interactive book for the iPad with the intended date of release coming in June 2012.  It’s been a very involved process but one we are learning so much from.

Larisa Lovelady of Birmingham, first tackled the massive task of editing the copy of the book, looking for updates and ways to approach taking something that’s been produced in a traditional form and transferring it into something much more alive and different with interactive charts, graphs and 3D animations.  Shawn Hartley of Omaha did the first transferring of the copy once edited into the iBooks Author software.  Last weekend, CEO & Founder Donny Claxton and Photographer Jamaal Jackson went to Memphis for the 72nd Annual Society for American Archaeology meeting where video snippets were shot of 12 world-renowned Mayanists who will appear in the book, including Dr. Anthony Aveni of Colgate, Dr. John B. Carlson, the director of the Center for Archaeoastronomy, Dr. Susan Milbrath, curator of Latin American Art and Archaeology, in Gainesville, FL, and Dr. John Hoopes of the University of Kansas among others.

Sample draft page of 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya

We now are neck-deep in doing the transfer layout, building the graphic animations and the compressing of nearly 11 hours of amazing insightful video down to hopefully about an hour’s worth to include in this one-of-a-kind new version of books.

This version of a book isn’t going to change how students around the world learn, it’s going to change the tools they use to learn.  And we  are so excited to be on the cusp of this incredibly big step.

Our hats are off to Dr. Van Stone and the other scholars we met with last weekend.  They get this.  While other scholars sat in sessions debating the future of archaeological publishing–basically a word document, a pdf and maybe some form of an e-Book reader, our scholars were sitting in front of our cameras giving perspectives generations will be able to read about and view for generations to come about the 2012 Meme.

 

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Tweet a Pic of Our Buick Enclave in Memphis for the Society for American Archaeology Meeting

Tweet a pic of our 2012 Buick Enclave for a chance to win prizes!

Here’s an example of being in the right place at the right time with a smartphone that can tweet a photo of our 2012 Buick Enclave, courtesy of @GMTexas.  If you see us on the road between Dallas and Memphis, take a photo of the car and then tweet it with the hashtag #TWEChevy, you’ll have the chance to win some cool prizes for participating.

We are using the car as a loaner through the generosity of GM and the social media team who graciously support the work of bloggers and those active in social media.  So far, since December,  @GMTexas has provided us a Traverse, an Equinox and now and Enclave to visit Poverty Point, Louisiana for the December Solstice expedition, the visit by Allen Manning to Chaco Canyon in New Mexico to study the Anasazi Indians and other Native Americans in the area, and now, we’re headed to the Society for American Archaeology meeting in Memphis.

THE SAA MEETING

We are excited to be headed to Memphis courtesy of support from a couple of incredible sponsors who made the trip possible.  While in Memphis, we will be doing a series of interviews for our upcoming release of Dr. Mark Van Stone’s 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya interactive book for the iPad.  This book is going to be the only book like it on the market, complete with video interviews with Dr. Van Stone, one the world’s most renowned Mayanists.

While in Memphis, we also want to talk to as many archeologists as possible who are interested in converting their written works over to Interactive Books for the iPad.  If you want to talk while you’re also in town, please let us know by sending a Tweet to our Twitter account–@Archeoastronomy or by sending a contact inquiry through the site.

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12-Year-Old Twins Discuss Crowd Source Funding

Crowd Source Fundingis gaining popularity as a means for raising funds for start-up organizations that aren’t going through traditional means of raising capital and we here at TheWondersExpedition.com have been running a campaign with Kickstarter.com for almost three weeks now. Today, we are proud to share with you a video recently shot by 12-year-old twins, Reagan and Haley Claxton, who were kind enough to give it their best shot.

Reagan and Haley Claxton Explain Crowd Source Funding

We made this home-made video and did our best to throw in some humor with the subject.  After all, who expects 12 year olds to know anything about CSF?  Heck, most adults probably don’t even know what it is.

Essentially this is it:

  • We have a kickstarter.com campaign up to raise funds to develop an interactive book for the iPad on Machu Picchu in Peru.
  • In exchange for your pledge, you will receive cool rewards if we reach our funding goal.
  • If we don’t, and there admittedly is a possibility of that at this writing, we get nothing and those who have pledged get charged nothing.
  • When we do raise the funds, after a short delay and after paying Kickstarter and Amazon each 5 percent for helping us raise the funds, we’ll be scheduling a trip to Peru in June or July to go get this incredible book done.

That’s it.  But it’s much cuter to let the twins tell you….

 

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Thank You Monica Brady, @MommyBrain for the Guest Post on MommyBrainReports.com!

Our friend Monica Brady today provided us guest space on her blog for a post about how The Wonders Expeditions Interactive Books for iPad are going to have an impact on parent-child relationships and make them better through interaction and reading.

Monica Braday, aka, @MommyBrain

Here’s a link to the post! 

If you’ve not had the chance to visit our Kickstarter.com site and make a pledge, please, follow this link.  It will only take a minute or two of your time and will have a great impact on changing the way children and parents interact when it comes to learning!

 

 

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The Ultimate Field Trip–Teachers Take Your Students To Machu Picchu In Peru

No Permission Slips Required. 

We promise.  With The Wonders Expedition’s Interactive Book for iPad on Machu Picchu, you’ll be able to take the whole class on the ultimate field trip and never leave your classroom.

And just imagine this concept–Parents begging you to take them, too!

What Is An Interactive Book for the iPad?

These incredible digital books go way beyond what’s available in paperback or e-Pub formats for Kindle and Nook.  These have 3-D animations, HD-video and hi-res photos complete with 360° tours.  It’s the mobile interactive museum you take with you and it becomes a field trip in the hands of the children in your classes.

Just think, with a few iPads your kids can tour Machu Picchu and see the view from the Temple of Three Windows, hear the rushing Urubamba River, and manipulate the ancient door to the city in an interactive 3-D animation.  There’ll be no need to check with the principal’s office, no need for buses, no need for t-shirts, no need for parent permission slips.  You just open the book and you’re there. Virtually.

But Like With All Field Trips….

Presently, we have a Kickstarter.com campaign underway  to raise support for the first and most extensive Interactive Book for the iPad on Machu Picchu, one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World,” located in the heart of the Andes Mountains in Peru in South America.

Most people will never get to visit this site that was “re-discovered” in the jungle 100 years ago.  The travel costs to go in person are expensive, particularly for a family with children.  The site is remote.  And the Peruvian government limits daily admittance to 2,500 people.

How This Book Will Help You Teach

We all want your students to grow up with a taste of all that’s going on in the world and let’s face it, the cost of travel, particularly in this economy isn’t easy.  And when it comes time for children to do book reports, research papers or the dreaded theme for class, we want them to have good resources that are easy to get to, will help them get a good sense of what they’re studying, and be able to use that information in a way that minimizes parents’ need/want to write it for them.

With our Interactive Books for the iPad, that’s one of the goals we have in mind as we approach each project.

The Wonders Expedition Kickstarter.com Campaign QR Code

We want you to be able to let your students explore the world and do so safely, with good, positive and informative content. We want you to be able to read and explore with them, or let the book handle the heavy lifting and help them learn with great, easy-to-understand interactive graphs, charts and examples that help today’s learners better conceptualize things about their world.

But We Need Your Help

Our effort for the Machu Picchu book in Peru is just beginning.  In order to go to Peru and gather up the 3-D animations, HD video and hi-res photos for the book, we have to send a crew to Peru from North America.   We intend to go in June/July and are raising funds through a crowd-sourcing Website called Kickstarter.com.   By pledging support for our project, backers are promised a collection of cool rewards, including t-shirts, copies of the book, a vote on one of the three final cover options, and for those who pledge $25 or more, they get their name in the back of the book.

The campaign to raise the funds is underway and goes until May 2.  That’s not a lot of time and we have a lot to raise.

Please think about the magic that can be shared with your children through an Interactive Book for the iPad that has great photos, imagery and video of one of the most mysterious places on Earth.  And please go to our Kickstarter.com campaign and make a pledge.  Help write history by backing this important, first-of-its-kind project.

Tools For Teachers

We have an attached The Machu Picchu Teachers Flyerfor distribution within your school or to your colleagues in the field.  Please copy it and distribute it freely!

PDF Flyer For Teacher Fund-Raising Captains

PDF Flyer For Teacher Fund-Raising Captains

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Dave Taylor Interview About Our Kickstarter Campaign

My friend, Dave Taylor, from Colorado, interviewed me today about the Kickstater campaign and asked some great questions about what we’re working toward, why Machu Picchu, and what makes Interactive Books so special.

Dave also has backed the effort so we want to doubly thank him for his generosity and support.

Dave Taylor Interview About Interactive Books for the iPad

 

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Join Our Kickstarter.com Campaign For An Interactive Book for the iPad on Machu Picchu

We are going to build one of the first, coolest and most advanced Interactive Books for the iPad on Machu Picchu and we are asking for your help to do it through a campaign we’ve just launched on Kickstarter.com.

Machu Picchu in Peru, by David Hart

The details of the campaign are on Kickstarter.com but it’s on these pages of The Wonders Expedition where even the process of raising funds for the expedition are going to come alive and be interactive.

WE ARE ASKING FOR YOUR HELP!

Please, jump over to Kickstarter.com after reading this short post and find out the particulars about the campaign, like how much we’re trying to raise ($57,766) and why (to create the coolest Interactive Book for the iPad yet!) and then help support our effort.  Once you’ve done that, please come back and stay engaged in the process.  Let us know you’ve made the contribution!

Send @Archeoastronomy on Twitter a message saying you’re part of the team!

Add a status update to your Facebook wallsaying you’re in and you don’t want your friends to be left behind!

Are you a TWE Backer on Kickstarter? Here's your chance!

And write your friends, family, colleagues, fellow students, etc. and tell them that you’re a part of something global and you want them to be, too.

Kickstarter.com is a crowd source fund-raising sites for startups and for cool projects like putting an expedition together 100 years after the site was first “re-discovered” and telling the story about it 100 years later with the advancement of technology that the Incas never could have imagined in 1438 when they started building it high in the Andes in Peru.

Oh, and don’t forget you can also add a badge to your Facebook wall, your emails and even your own blog site.

Interactive Question

If you were going to Machu Picchu, what would you want to know or see the most? Have you already been there and want to share photos?  Let us know!  This is what’s going to make this an incredibly fun and interactive project for everyone interested no matter where they are in the world.  And that’s what The Wonders Expedition is all about!

Once again, here’s the link! 

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