SparkTruck learning experiences
SparkTruck was designed & brought to life by a group of graduate students studying in the Product Design program at Stanford. Originally conceived as a mobile maker lab for kids, the truck took two cross-country road trips facilitating hundreds of maker workshops for thousands of kids.
After returning from the second trip, I was brought aboard to work with one of the founders to pivot the project from quick, inspiring engagements to experiences that would create a lasting impact. During our design sprint, we listened to teachers, school leaders, parents & students, who taught us that the key to deeper impact was using the truck to bridge the Maker Movement (a sometimes intimidating, hard-to-access community) with educators (the real experts in student learning).
From this new point of view, I took the helm of the project and led the design & implementation of a number of educator-facing initiatives. I designed these initiatives, detailed below, to give educators the opportunity to take the posture of their students, experience the joys & struggles of making, build their creative confidence, and inspire them to bring open-ended, maker-based learning to their classrooms.