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SparkTruck 'build-mobile' draws wonder of Downers Grove kids

Published: Monday, July 22, 2013 5:06 p.m. CDT
(Lorae Mundt)
SparkTruck, an educational build-mobile, stopped at Downers Grove North High School on Sunday, July 21st for two free hands-on workshops. Lorae Mundt -
(Lorae Mundt)
Kids make vibrobots by using a vibrating pager motor and coin cell battery during a SparkTruck hands-on workshop at Downers Grove North High School on Sunday, July 21st. Lorae Mundt -

DOWNERS GROVE – Stanford University students brought the innovative spirit of Silicon Valley to Downers Grove this weekend with the “educational build-mobile” called SparkTruck.

SparkTruck was started by students at the university who were curious about education and technology and now are touring the country presenting free workshops to kids.

Both initial sessions scheduled for Sunday in Downers Grove sold out, as did a third session added to meet demand.

“People were, across the board, very enthusiastic and very excited about it,” said Kristi Kattapong, spokeswoman for Friends of the Gifted and Talented of Downers Grove.

During the workshops, younger children made “Vibrobots” – feathery creatures that scoot around using a battery and pager motor.

Older children participated in a Lego robotics session.

The event was hosted by the Friends of the Gifted and Talented of Downers Grove and the village of Downers Grove.

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