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Thinkering: Mobile Maker Lab Hits the Road To Find High Demand

by Julie Ma

September 10, 2012

While budget cuts leave schools struggling to fill classrooms with bare essentials—including paper and ink—it’s a challenge for many teachers to bring creative activities into the classroom. To fill this void, in zooms SparkTruck, a DIY modern crafters' fantasy on wheels. This educational build-mobile arrives filled with an arsenal of paints, cardboard, adhesive googly eyes, craft feathers, glue guns, sewing machines, 3D printers, and even a laser cutter. The SparkTruck is touring schools across the country, on a mission to put the spotlight on hands-on learning.

The SparkTruck team is bringings workshops to local educators as well. “There are a lot of teachers out there interested in progressive, hands-on learning in the classroom," says Chua. "But it’s difficult to get support from administration and parents. We’re hoping to be something teachers can point to and say, ‘Look at these kids and look at the technology. This is what I’ve been trying to tell you.'"

The team has hosted nearly 40 workshops, and plans to reach 2,024 students by the end of their trip. SparkTruck’s journey is far from over though—it has a waiting list of 192 educators eagerly courting it's next stop.  

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