Engineering Program for Bay Area Elementary School Students

Introducing Try It Truck

Introducing Try It Truck

Try It Truck is BADM’s new engineering-lab-on-wheels that brings hands-on engineering to children in Pre-K through fifth grade.


Happy National Engineers Week! Dedicated to raising awareness for all the good work engineers do in the United States, National Engineers Week (February 19 – 25, 2017) highlights the importance of math, science, and technology literacy for children. And we here at the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) couldn’t agree more!

In fact, we are launching Try It Truck, our new engineering-lab-on-wheels! Try It Truck travels directly to schools and learning environments in the Bay Area to provide hands-on early engineering experiences to children in Pre-K through fifth grade.

With Try It Truck, we are on a mission to show educators and parents/caregivers throughout the Bay Area that hands-on engineering education can supercharge their child’s creative problem-solving potential. Our programming, which aligns to Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards, introduces children to the engineering design process and encourages children to take risks and try new ideas.

Using a mixture of innovative technologies, like laser cutters and 3-D printers, and everyday tools and materials, children will engage their curiosity as they collaborate, experiment, and design solutions for engineering challenges.

This spring, we are piloting Try It Truck programming in 10 Title 1 Bay Area schools, followed by piloting in Bay Area libraries in the summer. Registration will open to all elementary school educators in the Bay Area in fall 2017!

Get a sneak preview of Try It Truck in action at STEM Superhero Series: The Future of Food on April 1, 2017. Come see the positive impacts of early engineering and experience the fun and creative engineering design process with your children!


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About the Contributor
Jennifer Moncayo-Hida was formerly the Senior Communications Manager at the Bay Area Discovery Museum.