Tinker will offer kids hands-on lessons in elementary subjects to encourage deeper understanding of concepts.

Tinker aims to offer elementary level students an alternative to traditional lesson plans and homework assignments with comic books and build-it-yourself toys.

Sam Sanistreet, Shim Smilansky, and Johanna Cranston — two designers and an illustrator, respectively — belong to Mint Digital‘s research team called Foundry, which challenges recent graduates to design a consumer product and execute it. This year’s mission was to ‘Sustain Your Future,’ and so the three decided to “sustain the next generation of tinkerers.” Launched this week, their Kickstarter campaign intends to raise about $13,000 to fund production costs and a website.

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