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Economics of Mobile Makerspace

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 Mobile Makerspace is a bus, van, RV, or a trailer packed full of educational toys such as 3D printers, CNC machines, laser cutters, 3D scanners, doodle bots, small robots, alternative energy toys, simple crafts, and so much more! It is about giving everyone of all ages the opportunity to get their hands into cool technology and learn about it first hand. From gluing paper, to soldering, forging metal and printing your own head in 3D. Build a Mobile Makerspace for your community, bring it to a library, school, or community center!

Bringing a Makerspace to Any Location – Including Schools, Libraries, Disabled & Senior Care Homes, Neighboring Towns & Cities, Remote Communities, Events, and Even as a Rental in Your own Driveway!

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How do we make mobile MakerSpaces more economical and bring them to underserved communities. Currently the mobile MakerSpaces in Vans, are to costly and can not be scaled up to implement in underserved schools with very limited fund. Is there a more economical way to make MakerSpaces?

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Hi William, This is such an interesting way to get resources out in the community to encourage thinking and learning in a meaningful way. These types of ideas always inspire me as I know it is so important for our students! I agree with Lisa, if you haven't checked out Caine's Arcade, it's something to see! It's so amazing what kids can do with the materials they have available!

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Hey William:
I too am super interested in getting these tools into some of the poorer areas of our country. I feel like its an opportunity to ignite passion in a population that we might otherwise lose. And I love that you have posted SparkTruck as inspiration! There are some great resources there. Since we are in the discover phase, inspiration is super important. What are some insights you have gained from reading about SparkTrucks and other mobile makerspaces? I think one of the most obvious that we often overlook, is that tools and materials don't have to be expensive to help children be creative. Do you know about Caine's Arcade and the cardboard challenge?
 Check it out and let me know what you think! And can't wait to hear your ideas in the ideate phase which is coming soon....

Photo of William Cavada

Lisa, nice to see you are as committed and passionate about igniting and bring resource to underserved areas. I did not know of the cardboard challenge. It is so great to see that the cardboard challenge came out of Caine's inspiring Arcade.  I had forgotten about that amazing story of Caine. I am now cooking up some ideas for the ideate phase.

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Hey William! AWESOME STUFF! I love that you are using the Spark Truck as a source of inspiration to bring makerspaces to underserved communities.  I think you are asking the right questions in you synthesis. This will be fun to ideate on!!!!

Photo of Trever Reeh

This a wonderful idea.

I wouldn't limit it to just technology. I know a lot of maker spaces now include wires and small motors to make small moving machines.

Just another thing to include in your van/bus.

Photo of Erin Quinn

I think a makerbus could be a really great solution to serving rural or underserved areas. 

Do you know that the dschool puts all their workshop materials for their Spark Truck online? 

I am SO grateful for the k12 lab wiki. So much good stuff there!!!

Photo of James Campbell

Love the idea!!