From the SparkTruck website:
SparkTruck is an educational build-mobile! We’re traveling across the USA with cool 21st-century shop tools, spreading the fun of hands-on learning and encouraging kids to find their inner maker.
Our project began as SparkLab, a group of Stanford d.school students passionate about making, education and technology. As part of a year-long thesis project, we talked with teachers, students, and other experts about hands-on learning. We were shocked to find that due to tight budgets and strict testing requirements, many schools don’t have the flexibility or equipment to support hands-on building.
So we decided to do something about it. We ran a Kickstarter campaign to raise some money for a truck and some high-tech maker equipment, like a laser cutter and some 3D printers. Our plan was to drive around some local Bay Area schools to run hands-on workshops with middle schoolers.
We were blown away by the support and encouragement we received from the community, so we decided to expand our vision. Reborn as SparkTruck, we decided to set out on a cross-country road trip, traveling across prairies and over mountaintops, through towns and cities far and wide, bringing the joy of making back to kids.
Download the SparkTruck Info Packet PDF: