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DIY is a community for curious and awesome kids.

DIY is the best way for your kids to get skills, use the Internet for good, meet others who share the same passions, and generally be awesome. Every member has their own portfolio where they share what they make and do, and earn embroidered skill patches for completing sets of challenges.

The big idea is that anyone can become anything just by trying. And it's free to join us. Hundreds of thousands of kids, families and educators already have! Kids can join our website or download the DIY app to get started. If your kids get really into it, consider starting a DIY Club.

If you're OK with it, your kid can sign up here.

FAQ

  • What are skills?

    Skills represent all the ways we can build our world. From Backyard Farmer to Mechanical Engineer, these roles empower us to develop new abilities and know-how.

  • What are challenges?

    Each skill consists of a set of challenges that we attempt to learn the skill and earn the patch. Challenges are usually open ended and let us invent our own solution.

  • How do I follow my kid?

    Parents have their own dashboard to follow their kids’ activity and also to make sure they’re not sharing anything that should be private.

  • Do my kids need permission to sign up?

    When your kids sign up they will be prompted to enter your email address. A verification email is sent to you, and your kid’s DIY account is activated once you give permission.

  • How can I help?

    Ideally, you should help your kids form a DIY club. Otherwise, you can help them find a space to meet regularly, gather tools and materials to enable them, and reward them with more responsibility as they earn skills.

  • Does this cost money?

    DIY is free to use, except that it costs money to purchase optional embroidered patches in the DIY Market.


Press

  • Fast Company By Suzanne Labarre
    "Used to be, if your kid crayoned a portrait of the family dog, you slapped it on the refrigerator for all to see (“all” being, well, the rest of the household). Today, children live effortlessly on the world wide web. So too should their creative output."
  • Wired By Nathan Barry
    "She was so excited about the whole idea of DIY that she rushed around gathering all of the models she had made recently and taking photos of them to add to her portfolio. After that, she got out the paper and scissors and pencils and blu-tac and glue again (I'd only just tidied them up after the last time) and built a new model especially for DIY. She now wants to share her portfolio with the whole world..."
  • Etsy By Caleb Gardner
    "Encouraging kids to do more with their hands than play video games is important, and finding activities for them to do just got much easier. DIY takes the idea one step further by creating an online community for kids to share their own projects with other kids in a completely safe, anonymous setting that parents can monitor. There is even integration with a pretty impressive iPhone/iPod touch app."
  • The New York Times By Nick Bilton
    "Social networks today are about what you like, not what you do,” said Isaiah Saxon, a DIY founder and its Chief Creative Officer. “We want to create an experience for children that’s about what you make, and in turn makes these skills heroic."