Donates $1000 In Educational Electronic Development Kits To The Young Makers of Greater Augusta.

Posted by Charles Gantt on 11.13.2013 at 11:39 pm Donates $1000 In Educational Electronic Development Kits To The Young Makers of Greater Augusta.

Augusta Georgia – Young Makers of Greater Augusta, a STEM program for youth, organized by and supported by HackAugusta and, today annouced that it has received a substantial donation of educational electronic development kits from valued at more than $1000. The kits consist of an Arduino compatible embedded electronics development board and supporting hardware. The kit is designed around a 24 lesson plan curriculum used to teach youth how to code for embedded electronics.

 “We cannot begin to express our gratitude to Sainsmart for their generosity and support for STEM education in the CSRA. This donation will allow us to expand our curriculum, and  will allow us to offer additional seats per class,” said Charles Gantt, an instructor for Young Makers of Greater Augusta. “Our classes have been filled to the limit every week since we started our Arduino Inventor Series, and we desperately needed additional hardware to continue expanding the series. Sainsmart stepped up and met our needs without hesitation.”

Young Makers of Greater Augusta is currently looking for additional sponsors to help fund the purchase of new laptops which will be loaded with educational software in order to better facilitate its expanding program. Corporate sponsorships and private donations of any size are also welcome as well as any other form of support.

SainSmart is a professional open hardware company based in Leawood, Kansas, that specializes in development boards and modules for Arduino, as well as LCD’s, relays, cables, oscilloscopes and other electronics. SainSmart also has several oversea warehouses in places such as Germany and China, which ensures delivery for customers from Asia, Europe, and other parts of the world.

 Young Makers of Greater Augusta is a club that is open to all middle school and high school students that meet on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at to learn about coding, embeded electronics, and web development. Classes are taught by Ed Esler, executive director of SmArtKids.SC, and Charles Gantt, Owner of Students are charged a nominal fee of $2 per class which is given to for use of their facility. Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit charity whose purpose is two-fold:

  1. For teachers, SmArtkids offers an opportunity to request funds, in-kind services from local businesses, and volunteer assistance from the community for a specific program, project, or event. Getting the community involved to benefit all is our primary goal.
  2. For children, SmArtkids offers various academic contests and events open to all children between the ages of 5 and 18 in the Aiken county region. Our goal is to encourage students at all levels and provide incentive based motivational contests. Homeschooled children are also invited to participate. is an innovation cooperative that offers training, office space, meeting space, tools, and fellowship with others interested in technology, new media, and innovation based business. offers a wide  support network for entrepreneurs including, mentorship, access to talent, access to tools, very low cost desk space, and free coffee and internet.

Additionally functions as a Makerspace that provides a a public workshop and training center that provides the tools, equipment, and knowledge base among your peers and colleagues to dream up anything and make it a reality. also operates a structured three month accelerator program including mentorships, business planning, and technology development in exchange for equity. For the best of the best, it provides funding as well.

HACK Augusta is a Georgia not for profit corporation, 501(c)(3) pending. It was created in March of 2012 to cultivate an Augusta centric culture of innovation and creative collaboration that extends across the Southeastern United States. We believe the biggest challenge any region faces in becoming a 21st century technology hub is attracting and recruiting top talent. We are creating Augusta’s Technology Community by approaching technology as a cultural organization. Our approach is to:


the community to foster collaboration and civic pride


a workforce to meet the challenges of an innovation based economy


the minds and aspirations of individuals to achieve great things and give back to the community

CSRA Makers is a group of like-minded individuals who focus on the hobby of DIY / Making. The club provides resources and an environment that encourages research, knowledge exchange, learning, and mentoring in the CSRA, through workshops, collaborative projects, and other activities that develop and support free and open source software and hardware.

The club is organized for public collaboration between members of all different walks of life. Its members range in backgrounds from computers, electronics, machine work, wood working, astrology, robotics, and much much more!

Media Inquiries or Potential Donors can contact Ed Esler, Charles Gantt or Eric Parker for more information.

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