Inspiring and celebrating creativity in all its’ forms is pretty important to us here at Startacus and when we find people and places with a similar ethos, we’ve got to let you guys know about them too. Our latest discovery is the innovative and inspirational SparkTruck.
The brainchild of a group of Stanford students, Spark Truck is “an educational build-mobile.” which has just spent the summer travelling across the US in a road trip with a difference. The truck itself is a fully fitted DIY lab, packed with all sorts of tools to help children aged between 8 - 12 discover their inner “maker”. Using traditional tools as well as state of the art design and prototyping equipment, this Fab Lab on wheels has been enabling children all across America to participate in workshops and learn and use everything from spanners through to laser cutters and 3D printers.
Take a look at this short video to get a peek inside the Spark Truck itself.
Since it began its' journey in June of this year, the Spark Truck has stopped in over 60 towns and cities, hosting hands-on workshops for children and for local educators as well as hosting information and discussion sessions with interested members of local communities on everything from design and technology to education. Pretty impressive stuff, don’t you think?
Getting children engaged in creative initiatives like this is something that really ought to be supported and emulated in other places too. Inspiring the next generation to become makers and creators and innovators should surely be a key focus of educators everywhere. After all, the rise of Maker culture like this can only be a good thing.