"When Eugene Korsunskiy and seven of his fellow students from Stanford University’s design school set out to tour the nation in a brightly painted truck full of laser cutters and rapid prototyping machines, they thought they
were bringing a chance to play with high-tech maker tools to school
kids who hadn’t had one yet.
And they were: SparkTruck,
the educational make-mobile, made 73 stops this summer, treating 2,679
elementary and middle school students to hands-on workshops covering the
basics of electrical engineering and digital fabrication, and giving a
chance to make cool stuff in the process, like small robotic creatures
and laser-cut rubber stamps.
But as the summer progressed, the SparkTruck team learned an unlikely
lesson. The most rewarding part of the trip wasn’t introducing the kids
to new technologies. Instead it was something far more basic: watching
them struggle with design problems."
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