SparkTruck Drives Tools to Kids

An increase in school-startup supplement rates means that families on income assistance and disability are getting a bit of extra money to help with back-to-school shopping this year. But many people are worried that it won’t be enough to make a meaningful difference.

This ongoing struggle for resources coupled with schools being forced to axe programs in the face of funding woes, means that kids have less access to supplies that support creativity and making things.

This is where a project like SparkTruck can make a real difference. It’s an “educational build-mobile” run by a group of Stanford students—basically a truck packed to the brim with low and high-tech tools like laser cutters, 3D printers, and hand tools—that drives equipment to kids to engage them in hands-on learning. SparkTruck is currently in the middle of a four-month tour of the US, driving to different cities and involving kids in projects like building, crafting, and laser cutting a mini city and building robots!

Founders are looking for ways to make the project more permanent, and to “spark a movement to bring more creative exploration to kids.”

Learn more here.

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