Sparkin’ Across America – 2.0! is rolling into three libraries

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SparkTruck is an educational build-mobile! It is traveling across the USA with cool 21st-century shop tools, spreading the fun of hands-on learning and encouraging kids to find their inner maker. With a generous grant from the Plum Creek Foundation the Cade Museum was able to secure SparkTruck’s visit to North Florida.

The SparkTruck will visit three Branch locations of the Alachua County Library District in August 2013. The truck will be at the High Springs Branch on Thursday, August 1st, 1-3:30pm, at the Hawthorne BranchMonday, August 5th, 1-3pm and at the Micanopy Branch, Monday, August 5th, 4-6pm.

spark truck


What is it?

Our project began as SparkLab, a group of Stanford University students curious about making, education and technology. As part of a year-long thesis project, we talked with teachers, students, and other experts about hands-on learning. We were shocked to find that due to tight budgets and strict testing requirements, many schools don’t have the flexibility or equipment to support hands-on building.

So we decided to do something about it. We ran a kickstarter campaign to raise some money for a truck and some high-tech maker equipment, like a laser cutter and some 3D printers. Our plan was to drive around some local Bay Area (San Francisco/San Jose, Calif.) schools to run hands-on workshops with middle schoolers.

We were blown away by the support and encouragement we received from the community, so we decided to expand our vision. Reborn as SparkTruck, we decided to set out on a cross-country road trip, traveling across prairies and over mountaintops, through towns and cities far and wide, showing kids that they can prototype their way to something cool. Find out more at 

 Cade Museum

The goal of The Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention is to inspire creative thinking, future inventors and early entrepreneurs. Located in Gainesville, The Cade Museum is named for Dr. James Cade, the physician, musician, researcher and inventor best known for leading the University of Florida team that created Gatorade, to honor his creative spirit and passion for new ideas. To learn more about The Cade Museum visit

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Posted by BethN on July 22, 2013