MAKER’S CORNER

BY DAN WOODS

Bring DIY Inspiration to a Kid You Don’t Know

Beginning this summer, the Maker Media team began taking the magic of MAKE on the road — literally. Funded in part by a grant from IBM, we’re converting a 1981 Mercedes fire truck, dubbed the MakeMobile, into a mobile workshop that will pay visits to economically challenged schools in our Northern California backyard. The MakeMobile is equipped with everything we need to inspire students with demonstrations and hands-on workshops in an almost endless variety of science and technology areas — from circuit building and robotics to kites, automata, and mechanical toys.

Our goal is simple: to bring a hands-on DIY experience to kids who often lack sufficient exposure to, and ...

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