Student engagement is one of the best predictors of academic success, and there are few things more engaging than designing and building something with your hands. Education leaders like Sir Ken Robinson and Salman Khan have called for more creative and integrated projects in schools, but many districts just don’t have the resources or space to support these kinds of activities.
A bunch of of Stanford d.school students noticed this gap, using kickstarter to fund their Spark Lab delivery truck. Decked out with cutting-edge maker tools and software (like laser cutters, 3D printers, and hand tools) it drives from school to school bringing teachers and students the resources and equipment they need to create engaging, educational activities. “We’ll use our expertise in making, education and technology to help teachers come up with creative ways to teach their curriculum, and enable them to bring more excitement into their classrooms,” one students said.