STE(A)M Truck to Bring Mobile Makerspaces for Prendergast Library Visit

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James Prendergast Library

The parking lot of Prendergast Library will come to life this Thursday with a mobile makerspace village that encourages young people to create, invent, brainstorm and learn.

In collaboration with Chautauqua Institution, Prendergast Library will host the team from STE(A)M Truck, an award-winning program led by Atlanta-based organization Community Guilds, for a series of activities from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, June 29.

STE(A)M Truck, in residence at Chautauqua Institution for the first week of its summer season, will bring its fleet of mobile makerspaces to the library for a “Spark Festival” that includes hands-on activities using a variety of tools and technology, such as STE(A)M Truck’s CNC machine and 3D printers, and encourages participants to create their own “Rube Goldberg” contraption.

Activities at Prendergast’s “Spark Festival” with STE(A)M Truck on Thursday will include creating your own “Rube Goldberg” contraption.

STE(A)M Truck (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) brings mobile innovation labs directly to schools in and around Atlanta. By providing access to materials, community experts, and a problem-based curriculum directly to underserved students, the organization aims to close opportunity gaps too often predicted by zip code. Research indicates that memorable hands-on and informal project experiences predict interest in STE(A)M, children in poverty tend to have fewer opportunities to engage in such informal experiences, and the lack of such informal education opportunities for children in poverty is a predictor of the achievement gap.

All youth are invited to attend Prendergast’s “Spark Festival” with the STE(A)M Truck team, and no advance registration is required. More information about STE(A)M Truck can be found at steamtruck.org.