SparkTruck is an educational build-mobile! Our mission is to spread the fun of hands-on learning to kids all across the USA, empowering teachers and students to find their creative potential.

Hello again, world!

It’s been a while since we last wrote, but we’ve been busy little Sparkees here at the Stanford d.school!

After the summer crew came back from their adventures last September, we set about imagining what the future might have in store for SparkTruck. One thing we wanted to dig deeper into is building lasting relationships with educators.

Two cross-country voyages and thousands of interactions over two years taught us that, more than anything, teachers are kids’ hands-down best hope for becoming empowered, creatively confident little humans. So we want to do everything in our power to enable educators to arm their students with the tools they need to develop this creative confidence.

Last week, right here at the d.school, we held an event for over 60 teachers to kick off this new chapter in SparkTruck history.

Read our post about it on the d.school’s K12 Lab Network blog!

And stay tuned for what exciting adventures await!

Reflections from the SparkCave

Traveling the country, making friends, seeing amazing sights, sparking innovation… SparkTruck’s 2013 summer tour was a huge success.

Oh, the places we went: from the beaches of San Diego, to a quiet Coloradoan hot-spring nestled in the Aspen hills, to the raucous and relishable music scene in Nashville, to our favorite museums and historical landmarks in Washington, DC… we saw it all, from sea to sparking sea.

As we reflect on our whirlwind adventures, we want to share some of the most memorable moments of our summer in the SparkTruck.

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boston, massachusetts!

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The MIT Museum was the perfect place to incite creative confidence! Surrounded by groundbreaking research, the next generation of innovators designed new ways to clean their teeth and collaborated to make fuel sources for their Mindstorms.

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pittsburgh, pennsylvania!

Driving through the infamous Hershey, PA got us ready and raring to go for Pittsburgh’s Mini Maker Faire. With plenty of sugar still pulsing through our blood streams, we pulled up to the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum alongside some of the area’s most innovative, impressive Makers. The Girls of Steel Robotics Program made frisbees fly! And we couldn’t get enough of Whimsy’s adhesive mustaches.

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Pittsburgh’s young makers impressed us most, check out these Lego creations!

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new york, new york!

The truck finally made it to the Big Apple on Thursday (8.14.15) morning, pushing its way through a land dominated by yellow taxis and towered by magnificent skyscrapers…watch out Chicago, New York is beautiful too. And can you believe that almost half of the Sparkees had never gotten to explore this city?! 

No time for that yet though as we had to quickly push through traffic to meet our friends at the Brooklyn Robot Foundry. We could not have asked for a more exited group of kids and makers, they were even making their own Vibrobots out of IKEA supplies when we arrived!

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Inventables: The Friendly Giant

We met Inventables CEO Zach Kaplan at the PS1 hackstation in Chicago. After allowing him a close examination of the SparkTruck, this hands-on executive must’ve thought we were something special — because he made it clear that we were invite-able to a tour of the Inventables HQ!

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on the road again…

next stop… New York, New York!

philadelphia, pennsylvania!

Philly was awesome!

The Smith playground -part of the largest park in the United States-opened its lawn for the SparkTruck. It was a wonderful experience to have an open make session with all of the Philadelphia youth and parents.

We also got some tasty cheesesteaks from the Reading Terminal. A maker’s gotta eat :)image

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washington d.c. !

SparkTruck set up shop at the Fab Lab D.C. and the National Building Museum!

Thanks D.C. for showing us Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Making!

durham, north carolina!

We left our new friends in Gainesville for Durham

Met up with HASTAC!

Experienced Engineer Day @ the Museum of Life and Science!

and had a fried food extravaganza complemented with southern hospitality and sweet tea :)

thanks durham!