Kits Initiative

## How the Public Lab Kits Initiative is Responding to COVID-19 The Public Lab Kits Initiative exists for many reasons but, above all, we exist to serve our community by getting tools into the hands of those who need them. We wanted to take a moment to provide an update on how COVID-19 has affected our operations and what changes you can expect in the near future. As we move through this time of uncertainty, the health and safety of our team is a top priority. As you may have previously seen, our fulfillment was temporarily suspended. Our New Orleans-based staff is working from home, and will continue to do so until we determine that returning to our physical office is in line with public health recommendations. However, we have been able to begin fulfilling some of our kits again. Here’s what you can expect from us: - We will have a limited range of products available. These include: - [Papercraft Spectrometers]( - [DIY Infragram Filters]( - [Infragram Pi Cameras]( - [Raspberry Pi Cameras]( - [Gift Cards](,article,page&q=gift) - We’re moving to no-contact shipping, which means you’ll see a change in available shipping services. - We will only ship orders out one day per week to encourage physical distancing. While we cannot guarantee shipping dates at this time, you may see a delay of up to five business days between when you place your order and when it ships. - We will continue to ship around the world, where permitted. We will continue to update our community as the situation progresses and we appreciate your support of Public Lab. During this time of physical distancing, we want to invite all Public Lab community members to take part in our virtual community spaces, such as weekly [Open Calls]( and our live builds coming soon. Follow us on [Facebook]( or [Twitter]( for the most up-to-date community news and events. For the most up to date information and guidance on the COVID-19 outbreak, -The Public Lab Kits Team --- Public Lab works to "level the data playing field,” making it possible for people to issue rigorously collected, high-quality, local environmental datasets for use alongside government data for verification and advocacy. We do this by building curriculum, hardware, and software; providing space for research and development; and bringing tools to maturity, making them field ready. **The Kits Initiative is part of this effort.** The Kits Initiative creates, assembles, and distributes kits from the open research designs of the Public Lab community to foster and develop the reach of open, accessible science, by **placing tools in the hands of those that need them**. The main goal of the program is to support the scaling up of development and production of kits to enable thousands more people to produce their own environmental data and continue to shape these technologies. The Kits Initiative helps distribute our community's kits around the world through the Public Lab Store, where revenue directly supports the Public Lab nonprofit: Visit the Public Lab Store site   or see Methods on this site Schools, teachers, and institutions can contact for details on reduced shipping costs and bulk orders. **** ## Community Kits Our **Community Kits** program is designed to support the creation of new tools, kits and resources by inviting designers, developers, researchers, tinkerers, community organizers, inventors (and anyone else who is interested) to consider working with the [Public Lab Kits Initiative]( to develop, produce and distribute your open source research tools! Over the next few months we'll be working with a handful of people to source new **affordable, DIY, open source environmental monitoring kits** in our store: expanding resources and opportunities to help people get involved with community science. We have built the infrastructure to help connect environmental research kits to communities who need them, and we'd love to partner with you to help put tools in the hands of even more people. > [Read more about our Community Kits program here](/notes/bronwen/12-06-2017/develop-community-kits-with-public-lab) > Read [what you need to participate here](/notes/bronwen/02-02-2018/community-kits-prerequisites-checklist) Working through the open process allows for helpful feedback, quick design iteration, and sharing of ideas. Additionally, incubating with us provides access to the Public Lab brand, customer base, and production/distribution infrastructure. Public Lab Kits Initiative staff provide necessary support for kit distribution, including promotion of the tool in our online store, organizing payments, and shipping. ## Questions about Community Kits [questions:community-kits] Through our hosting program, we seek to help develop new and novel kits, guides, and curriculum to engage over 10,000 participants in production of their own civic data. In doing so, we seek to add to a growing catalog of innovative tools, with an ever-broadening reach and accessibility. **** ## General Kits Questions About sourcing, troubleshooting, etc! [questions:kits] **** [![IMG_20170610_174338_397.jpg](]( ## Prototyping kits Prototyping Kits offered by the Public Lab Kits Initiative are in-development kits which we send out for people to help prototype and experiment with, in order to refine and improve. These help support the development of new techniques for monitoring environmental problems. We call these **Prototyping Kits** and they come with a list of challenges and problems to solve. [Read more about Prototyping Kits](/prototyping-kits) **** ## History Since 2012 Public Lab has been developing low cost, open source and user-modifiable kits. By providing low cost accessible kits to the public, we seek to support a growing number of communities in creating a collaborative network of practitioners generating knowledge and data about environmental health. Since 2013 Public Lab kits have been shipped to over 71 different countries and connected thousands of community members. **** ### Contact us The Public Lab Kits Initiative is a part of the [Public Lab Nonprofit](/about) which distributes open hardware kits to support the Public Lab community. The Kits Initiative is based out of Public Lab's Providence, Rhode Island office. To reach the Kits Initiative team, email For help with orders placed, please email or call us between 9am and 5pm EST at 503-902-5874 **** ## Kits resources In the spirit of open source, here are a lot of the docs and files we use for the everyday running of the Kits initiative: * [Kits Docs](/wiki/kits-docs) * [Kits Artwork](/wiki/kits-artwork) ...

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warren "Although that's not the right piece -- we actually need the wider adapter; i think Richard was just saying he thought the camera interface was modi..." | Read more » almost 5 years ago
warren "Richard from OpenFlexure has proposed this piece, although I'm not sure it's compatible with both cameras --" | Read more » almost 5 years ago
warren "Here's a convenient page to print a black square on the back!" | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "Hi, @Metamer -- i think i was chatting with you in the chatroom? If so we got disconnected. If you want to post another question just like this one..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
Metamer "Thanks for the response! I bought a paper and desktop, hoping the two extremes would be good enough for me. I would need a Raspberry Pi to use the ..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "Also, I'd really like to give this a try as a more contained way to mount the lens -- although surely with some potential rigidity issues too... " | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "hi, @dusjagr!! Still digging through all the great work on Hackteria -- have you used this design with a Raspberry Pi? @partsandcrafts @bmela @kgr..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
Bronwen "Hi @Metamer, thanks for checking in! Yes, other webcams should work (we've been using webcams that are designed for laptops because the form factor..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "Amazing!!! I'm trying to get some folks from AS220 to add their wind sensors via community kits too -- NASA folks are very interested! " | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "Just as a price reference, Thingiverse offers a kind of crowdsourced printing service and various services seem to offer about $12 as a quote for t..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "There seems to be a small piece that sits under the camera too! That would be ama..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
cfastie "There is one part at Thingiverse. Is that the only one you need printed? The part at Thingiverse has a flat horizontal lower surface which could ca..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "I posted this on Thingiverse too! " | Read more » about 5 years ago
kanarinka "Cool - I added a new activity here: and I als..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "Hi @kanarinka - awesome! Yes of course and the guide can go with. I added the shopping cart you sent to the #coqui wiki page at http://publiclab.or..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
kanarinka "Yay! The list in that note is correct, though there are a couple other things that are helpful to have that are not shown (like the probe made from..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "Hi @kanarinka -- if you can help us out with an updated parts list, we'd be happy to include this in our first group of Community Kits -- I think y..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
kanarinka "Oh I would love that! Do you all have some bandwidth to help support it? I'm happy to help support people who want to use it or run the activity in..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "Also -- @kanarinka -- would it be possible to have the #coqui be part of the first batch of community kits? The page is already really well documen..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "Hi, @cfastie - shall we tag as a community kit candidate? I really appreciate all the work you've been putt..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
warren "Hi, @AyakoM -- we're sort of thinking about the SERC manual ( #serc ) as part of our community kits program, even though it's more of a Public Lab ..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
Bronwen "Hi shanlter, that's great! I know folks have been excited to the KnowFlow evolving. Now that the riffles have been sent out and more people are usi..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
shanlter "Hi, our KnowFlow team is interested! Here's our documentation: Sorry we didn’t update this page for a while... ..." | Read more » about 5 years ago
Bronwen "Hi programmer1200, that's an excellent question! I see you've got some content up about your project already, so the next thing you should do is st..." | Read more » about 5 years ago