SMU MakerTruck Ready to Show Off its Hands-On Learning Tools

The truck is designed as help teachers learn about how to inject the hands-on learning tools at the heart of the maker movement into their classrooms.


The MakerTruck is ready to hit the road representing Southern Methodist University in an outreach program for K-12 teachers.

The truck is designed as help teachers learn about how to inject the hands-on learning tools at the heart of the maker movement into their classrooms, the university said in a release. 

Teachers will be able to use online detailed curriculum provided by the SMU Maker Education Project, that will enable them to design activities for students and challenges that lead to the development of meaningful skills by the students.

The SMU Maker Education Project is collaboration between the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development and the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering.

The project is directed for the Lyle School by Katie Krummeck and Rob Rouse, a clinical assistant professor in the Simmons School.


This new role is the The MakerTruck’s second academic life, the university said. 

Before joining SMU in August 2015, Krummeck managed it as “SparkTruck” at Stanford University, in Palo Alto, California.  SMU used a gift from Emily and Bruce Robson to buy the truck from Stanford, retrofitting it for SMU, and to develop the SMU Maker Education Project.

Krummeck and other team members drove it from California to Dallas in the spring.

If you’d like to see the MakerTruck close up, the university will show off it off to the public with an outdoor celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at the flagpole on the north end of Bishop Boulevard, on the SMU camp.

The university said the event will focus on the truck’s clever design, its innovative teaching tools, and, and the hands-on maker activities for children and adults.

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