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Traveling Truck Brings 3D Printers, Laptops to Low-Income Students

Traveling Truck Brings 3D Printers, Laptops to Low-Income Students

For many low-income students, the luxury of having a makerspace to partake in the modern version of shop class isn’t an option.

Elementary school teacher Jason Martin is doing what he can to bring STEM learning to all children in the Atlanta, GA area- and that’s why he’s created the STE(A)M Truck.

The STE(A)M Truck travels to low-income schools to bring them 3D printers, laptops, saws and other things needed to build and create.

"Much of the learning is done through project-based challenges. One class was asked to design a camera for a videographer who was born without arms. Another was asked to brainstorm ways to make eating vegetables more fun,” said WCVB.com.

The STE(AM) Truck offers two specific programs that each last twenty days - but requires that at least 50 percent of the attendees be girls.

Schools have the option for students to learn in the truck or have the courses be taught directly in the classroom.

Martin told WCVB.com his STE(A)M truck is designed to level the playing field and create equal opportunity for all of America’s students.

The truck’s classes do cost schools money- $21,000-$26,000, which Martin points out is less than hiring a full-time STEM teacher.

Martin says the 10 public schools that have participated so far have had costs covered by grants, the school district and corporate scholarships.

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Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

3/25/2016

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