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2017 Updates

 We have a few bits of exciting news. The first one is huge...we're releasing dinosaur kits! I'm excited to introduce to you our Apatosaurus, T-Rex and Stegosaurus! These sets are definitely for more experienced builders, but we know everyone will have fun with them. They are also enough pieces for building lots of other sets using the free instructions in the Instructions portion of our site.

These building toy kits are now available on our Amazon site ...which brings me to the next big news! Our kits are available on Amazon! Amazon is a tricky thing, as I'm sure anyone who has ever tried to sell through them can attest. We would love for you to buy from our website, but if you want to purchase through Amazon, please do! Many of our kits are available with Prime shipping, though our new dino buddies will be shipping from our warehouse here in Colorado, so unfortunately, no Prime.

This summer we’ve been focused on in-house projects, so we won’t be out in the wild with everyone. We’re making strides in the education sector, working with teacher and other educators to bring HyPars and lesson plans into classrooms, home schools and tutoring facilities all over the country. We’ve ventured further in to retail, as well. We can now be found in California, Wyoming and Colorado toy stores. Eventually we’ll start up a “where to buy” option on our website.

If you are a retailer, looking to sell wholesale, use our contact us button and we’ll happily send you our wholesale prices!

More to come soon! Everybody have a safe and fun summer! Keep it curvy!

So Much to be Thankful For

 Our new boxes are here!  We used the ‘waiting on new boxes’ excuse to take a little hiatus and really enjoy our family over the summer before life gets crazy again over the holidays. It was fantastic!

However, our boxes have arrived so it's time to get back in to the real work.  These were designed by our fabulous graphic designer, Leah Heldman.  She does all of our stuff, this website included, and she does it really well. 

We do have some fun things coming up this Fall.  We’ll be playing with HyPars at the Clothes Pony/Dandelion Toys in Boulder for Neighborhood Toy Store Day on November 12th, so come see us if you can.  If you can’t make it there, be sure to stop in at your own neighborhood toy store and visit them.  For us that’s Lost Marbles in Longmont.  Such a great store!

We also launched a YouTube Channel!  We’ve got a couple of event videos and some instructional things up, so feel free to check that out here.  The most recent is how to build a pumpkin, love those fall themes!  Please also subscribe if you get a chance.  I’m planning on branching out in to Pinterest soon, as well, so I’ll keep you posted on that.

Happy Fall in the Northern Hemisphere!

Summer Update 2016

 June is almost over already!  I haven’t posted a review of Denver Comic Con 2016 and, if I’m being honest, I feel like 10 days later is just too far past it.  Suffice it to say, it was a complete blast.  We met so many interesting and funny people.  If I talked to you about education and/or lesson plans and gave you my card…email me!  We’ve got some stuff coming up I want to chat with you about!  You can see our con adventures on the Facebook page here. 

I do have to say a quick thank you to Anne Fellini and Pop Culture Classroom for hosting us as well as The Dale Tribe for featuring us on their vlog.  I was only going to watch a couple of their videos on YouTube and I’m totally addicted now.  As always, Russell and Eric Miller entertained and amazed in our booth again.  Eric was our booth wizard!  Isn’t he great?

We’ve still got so much cool stuff coming up this year too!  On July 8th and 9th we’ll be doing play testing and some fun activities in the Illuminate Your Mind booth at the Rhythm on the River Festival in Longmont, CO.  If you’re in the area you should really check out this free festival.  They’ve got great music, great beer and lots of family friendly activities.  We’re not selling at this event, but come play anytime between 5pm and 8pm either night. 

Did you know Fort Collins has its own Comic Con?  It’s getting bigger every year and this year we’re so proud to be part of it!  We can’t wait.  That’s August 27th – 28th in Fort Collins, CO.  You can get tickets here!

We’re on the lookout for some fun maker fair / holiday market events to do later in the year so I’ll keep you posted.  We’re ALSO in talks to get our production moved to Longmont as well.  So not only are we 100% made in the USA, but now we’ll be made in Colorado! 

Have a fun, safe and curvy summer everyone!!  Come see us!

STEAM Fest 2016

 

I feel like it’s almost too late for a post STEAM Fest review, but I’m going to do it anyway!  First of all, though, Happy Mother’s Day! 

The weather for STEAM Fest 2016 was cold and rainy (sometimes snowy), but that was ok!  Fortunately we were inside and the turnout was still really good.  Thank you so much to the Maker Bolder crew and all of the volunteers for running the show.  We appreciate you all so much! We have to give some love to Russell and Eric Miller for helping both days and agreeing to stick with us through our upcoming shows.  You guys are angels! Also, thank you to everyone that came out to play.  We had a blast, as always, and once again we saw some new and exciting things done with HyPars.

One of which was the top.  The basic flower shape made by filling all of the openings on a connector with HyPars facing the same direction has always been one of my favorites, it’s beautiful and elegant and if you spin it, works as a top.  On the very first day of STEAM Fest this year, someone put connectors on the top and bottom of the top opening.  This made it spin extremely well! (Pardon the blurry picture.)


As always, if something gets left on the table the people that come up next will likely build the same thing, or something similar, so we saw a lot of different tops over the weekend.  A few of us had some ideas with color as well.  I alternated red and blue in the slots so that when you spin it, it looks purple.  We tried a few other color combinations as well and they all worked as expected, until we got to blue and yellow.  One would think blue and yellow would make green when spinning, but it didn’t!  It made white.  Luckily, a very knowledgeable photographer happened to be standing next to me and he said that happened because blue and yellow are complementary colors.  There is definitely some more research to be done there!

These sorts of exercises are what we’re going to be writing in to our math and art lesson plans.  We’re working with a teacher now to write the basic plans over the summer and then we’ll design them in to kits and hopefully have them ready to test out by the end of the year, maybe early next year.

The idea is that these plans will work for groups of two or three students at a time and cover a whole class with pre-written lessons and worksheets that cover the common core standards.  We are so excited to start on this leg of our journey.

We have several more chances in the works for you to come check out Hypars and visit with us if you’re in Colorado.

June 17th – 19th Denver Comic Con

July 8th – 9th Rhythm on the River - Longmont

August 26th – 28th Fort Collins Comic Con

Have a great end of school year (if you're in to that sort of thing), enjoy the weather and keep it curvy!!

Kit Donations

Welcome to Spring! We hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather!

Today I want to tell you about some amazing benefactors, Ron and Wanda Limper, that purchased HyPars kits to donate to local schools in their area. (They might also, totally coincidentally, be my parents.) One of those schools was Ulysses High School, in Ulysses, KS. They sent a large inventory builder kit to the Gifted Program and its facilitator Garret Ridder. So far it’s being put to pretty great use! We’re looking forward to seeing where this goes.

If anyone wants to donate a kit, of any size, to a school they know of, just purchase a kit on the website and then email us at admin@hypars.com and let us know the name of the school and the city in which it is located. If you’re not sure of the teacher or department, we can contact the school for you and make arrangements.

This year is shaping up to be busy and super fun. This is a list of our upcoming engagements so far:

April 30th – May 1st – Maker Bolder STEAM Fest

June 17th, 18th and 19th – Denver Comic Con

July 17th – Sheldon Art Museum, Lincoln, NE – Family Day

Everybody have a curvy Spring and we’ll keep you updated!

Made in the USA

Did you know our HyPars are injection molded in Woodinville, WA? We need to thank Mold Rite for working with us and all of the changes that were necessary to get the pieces just right.

We believe that using United States companies whenever possible is important, even in today’s global market. Hopefully soon we will have a place to house our own machines so we can make them ourselves in Colorado. Either way, we couldn’t be more proud to say that we’re made in the USA.

The Shop is Officially Open

The shop is officially open! I’ve been waiting a long time to post that!

Anything you see in the store is available for purchase. If you’re wondering where to start, I suggest purchasing a kit that interests you and then expand your collection with other kits or inventory builders. All of our instructions are freely available in the instruction section, so once you have enough parts you can build whatever you want. If you’re looking to just free play, you should start with an inventory builder kit and get to building! Don’t forget to send us pictures or post them on the Facebook page. I’ll work on getting our Instagram account going as well.

Some of our favorite kits are the sword / dagger, the giraffe (pictured in this post) and the Spiky.  The Spiky is an inverted dodecahedron, or twelve sided figure.  We use it in other sculptures as well, such as the Tetra Spiky. 

In other news we have confirmed our booth at the upcoming Maker Boulder STEAM Fest.  If you didn’t go last year, I can’t recommend it enough.  It’s geared toward kids, but I can’t imagine anyone not having fun at this event. 

Lots more to come! 

Dragon!

We expect to have all parts within the next week, which means the shop will be fully open very soon!! I’ll post in all the social media outlets as soon as we are up and operational!

Until then, I’m going to be blogging tips and tricks for using the site, the kits and the instructions. If you played with the prototype pieces at one of our events, they snapped directly into place, but were difficult to disconnect. Our new design has a really great slide and snap feature. You just slide the edge along the connector until it snaps into place. I love that “click”!

Transcribing three dimensional objects into two dimensional images can be difficult. It becomes even more so when the objects have so many curves (not that we don’t LOVE our curves). When following any of the directions on our website, it’s best to use the HyPars logo printed on the piece to clue you in on which side to fit into the connector. You can find images of these features here.

I’ll be highlighting some of our instruction sets over the next couple of blog posts. Today it’s the ever popular HyPars Dragon! Isn’t he great?! He’s made up of 37 HyPars and 38 Connectors. If you don’t want him to be blue, the small inventory builder would have more than enough pieces to build him in whatever colors you wanted. You can see we’ve made an ice dragon to help us celebrate the winter months.

Stay tuned for updates on the shop and our upcoming appearances. Until then, Curve it Up!

Snowy Days!

Hello from Colorado in the winter! We’re in our coldest time, but we’ve got a lot to look forward to, so that makes it easier to trudge through. Things here at HyPars HQ are moving along nicely. We should have parts (I know, you’ve heard this before) by February 1st, so expect the full store to be online well before Valentine’s Day. You can also expect some lame Valentine’s/Geometry puns on the Facebook page.

Our limited edition kit gave us the opportunity to test out packaging and shipping.  We learned a lot and now we’re redesigning the box.  We’ve decided to increase the fun and decrease the boring brown cardboard.  If you get a kit in the next few months, just pretend that it looks fun and awesome.  Maybe draw some pictures on it with markers or something. 

We still have a lot going on, so check back often.  I’ll update in every way possible when the shop opens.  

Enjoy the winter weather (if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere) and send us some pictures of hyperbolic paraboloids made out of snow!  If you’re in the middle of summer now, soak up some rays for the rest of us!

2016 is shaping up to be exceptionally curvy! 

 

Hello 2016!

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone that found our kits in their stocking, under their tree or just bought a treat for themselves is enjoying them.  I've already seen some cool creations and I'd love to see pictures on our Facebook page! 

Usually I'm all about ending the holidays on January 1st, but this year I find it hard to let go.  We've had such an amazing holiday season and we are so looking forward to 2016 and all of the great things we've got coming up.  March will have us at another STEAM Fest and possibly another TEDx event.  Our shop will be open fully by the end of January (hopefully!) and we're hoping to have a forum and YouTube Channel in the next few months!  So much to do!

 Have a happy and curvy New Year everybody!  Many, many more updates coming soon.