Maker programs are increasingly popular in schools and informal learning spaces such as libraries. In addition, many children have opportunities to experience innovative maker projects at the bi-annual, bi-coastal Maker Faire. Although maker spaces have been popping up across the U.S. and equipment such as 3D printers are becoming more affordable, there are still communities where kids don't yet have the opportunities to experience the latest maker technologies.
SparkTruck is a unique educational initiative that fills this gap in a creative way and makes hands-on learning opportunities more accessible and available for kids. Started by a group of Stanford students who are passionate about making, education, and technology, it was originally a thesis project to serve local learning needs in the Bay Area. Since then, SparkTruck has gained much support from the Kickstarter community with its cross-country maker voyages. It aims to excite kids not only with 3D printers and laser cutter technologies, but also with centuries-old tools such as hammers and screwdrivers.
What do you think of this maker truck? Is this mobile approach adaptable to other educational services? Join the vialogue and share your thoughts with other educators.
Excerpts from the discussion
@00:25 johnlee: Letting kids have something they made that they are proud of as they walk away from programs seems crucial for any good hands-on learning programs.
@00:38 johnlee: Wow it traveled +15000 miles in a summer!