13 Year Old Scientist, Poet, and Marketing Mavin,8th Grader is Close to Crowdfunding Goal
By Mel Fabrikant Wednesday, May 01, 2013, 07:18 PM EDT
Josie Baudendistel is only 13 and might just be the first 13 year old to create a successful crowdfunding project.
With the help of her dad, Tommy Baudendistel, PhD, she filmed one of the most creative videos imaginable by personally writing and performing a crowdfunding rhyme. It includes all the important aspects of her project and is a real charmer. She has successfully marketed her project through social media and youthful persistence and has nearly achieved her goal.
She even designed a FundaGeek tee shirt to wear in her video.
The money Josie receives will allow her to purchase a new camera to convert to UV and IR sensitive light as well as software to analyze the pictures from her Opossum scavenging pattern study. For the past two years, this Dayton Regional STEM School student has been studying forensic scavenging patterns for her science fair projects in conjunction with Dr. Eric Benbow, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Dayton.
Because she is under the age limit for posting a project on FundaGeek, her Dad set up an account and helped her build her project called Possum Vision. As dad Tommy says, “The reason we chose FundaGeek was that it looked more open to non-traditional type projects and seemed to be able to hand-hold us through the process. Now that we are into it, we are sure we made the right decision.”
Anyone can have access to her research study’s progress simply by becoming a sponsor at: http://www.fundageek.com/project/detail/786/Possum-Vision--UVIR-Visual-Scavenging-Signals
Josie and her dad are an inspiration for parents to work with their underage teenagers to build crowdfunding projects for personal, school, or community causes.
About FundaGeek LLC
Through crowdfunding, a mechanism utilizing the power of crowds, project owners can use social media to solicit personal donations to fund the budget for their projects. The needed funds are raised by offering Rewards in exchange for Pledges. Think of NPR or PBS pledge drives where a large number of donors pledge small amounts in return for simple rewards. Unlike most crowdfunding sites that use the “all or nothing” funding model where funding is provided only if the goal amount is met, FundaGeek is different. Projects receive whatever funding they have attracted by the end of the campaign. There are no up-front fees to use FundaGeek.
FundaGeek has entry portals specific to scientific research, inventions, technology, education, software, and community support. The company’s co-founder and CEO, Mr. Daniel D. Gutierrez, is founder and CEO of AMULET Development Corporation, a developer of custom web database software applications for business. The company’s co-founder and President, Mr. Cary C. Harwin, is founder and CEO of Catalyst Development Corporation, a developer of Internet components and decision analysis tools.
FundaGeek is headquartered in Yucca Valley, California and the company’s website is found at: www.fundageek.com.