A few years ago, some friends and I decided to take the spirit of Maker Faire and put it on a truck. The result was SparkTruck, a mobile creativity classroom that we’ve taken on two fun-filled cross-country journeys, meeting thousands of young makers and makers-to-be along the way. We even made a short documentary film about it!

Since starting SparkTruck, we’ve been hearing from lots of folks who want to start awesome maker education vehicles of their own. In fact, even right now there are two crowdfunding campaigns underway for a couple of SparkTruck-inspired projects: Fuse!box and Tinkr Tech.

quoteWe are always excited to hear about initiatives like these, and we’re always super happy share whatever tips and insights we can to help these projects succeed. Well, now, we’ve compiled what we hope are some of the more useful parts of our story into the first-ever draft of the “How to Make a SparkTruck” guide!

Check out the “How to Make a SparkTruck” guide here.

We hope it will come in handy to anyone contemplating launching an edu-maker truck, or a similarly wacky project.

If you’re thinking about a SparkTruck-like project of your own, give it a read and tell us if it’s missing any crucial information! And if you’ve already made a super awesome maker-education-on-wheels project, let us know if you have other tips and insights! We would love to open up this guide and turn it into a collaboratively-created compendium of mobile maker education knowledge.

Happy trucking!

SparkTruck at the 2013 Bay Area Maker Faire, crowdsourcing ideas for places to go.

SparkTruck at the 2013 Bay Area Maker Faire, crowdsourcing ideas for places to go.


Eugene Korsunskiy

Eugene Korsunskiy

I’m one of the guys who started SparkTruck, and the world’s biggest fan of anything that has sugar in it.

  • http://jeroendeboer.net/ Jeroen de Boer

    Hi Eugene, great project and nice read! Please meet a project I’m working on in The Netherlands: FryskLab, Europe’s first mobile Library FabLab. http://opensource.com/education/14/5/mobile-library-fab-lab-brings-new-skills-rural-areas

    • Eugene Korsunskiy

      Thanks, Jeroen! Your work with FryskLab looks amazing—power to the libraries! If you’ve got have additional tips and wisdoms to throw into the pot, let’s expand our Guide and make it even more useful to more people!