Teacher Training Business Model
OSE can collaborate with interested teachers to move the work of OSE forward. Experimental methods can be applied to provide meaningful and publishable results. If we coordinate around RepRap, Universal Axis, Arduino, FreeCAD, KiCAD, and other open source tool chains, we can develop useful research data and products. Because the goal is producing practical tools for ending Artificial Scarcity, practical products can emerge from this process.
One avenue to this is creating OSE curriculum for Project Based Learning.
- Kits + curriculum as a basic package for most teachers
- Teachers can be included in OSE's training strategy to bring meaningful project-based learning to the classroom. As such, Professional Development should be included for those teachers who are considering deeper involvement in OSE work, but not necessarily starting OSE Clubs - which takes larger commitment of 3 more hours per week.
- The deepest involvement is starting an OSE Club - specifically focused on Ending Artificial Scarcity and Protecting the Environment -> Open Source Economy -> Relocalized Production -> STEM Education that Matters
- Kits. Kits get the OSE work out into the public, and can provide a source of revenue when produced efficiently. OSE's challenge revolves around creating efficient, automated production of kits, starting from Abundant Admissible Feedstocks and using the Open Source Microfactory to produce the kits. Using the principle of Integrated Value Creation, this could be a scalable business model that brings the world closer to relocalized, environmentally friendly production. For one, it's a good use case for validating the power of the Open Source Microfactory, and it's a great tool for developing local material feedstocks - both by recycling and by innovation.
- Materials budgets on the order of $300 may be common.
- Teachers. All teachers take professional development days or sessions, and many schools fund this. Either an online training or in-person training can be provided. A budget of $300 is common.
- OSE Clubs. This requires direct marketing to specific stakeholders who are mission-based and respect the work of OSE. This has great potential, such as the LIA OSE Club.