Try It Truck

The Try It Truck is BADM’s engineering-lab-on-wheels, and an exciting way to share our engaging STEM programming. Bring the Try It Truck to your school, library, or community organization to provide hands-on early engineering experiences to young learners. Try It Truck programming engages children in grades kindergarten through fifth grade with BADM’s engineering design process of “Think, Make, Try,” which they’ll use to solve creative challenges and test out new ideas. Try It Truck programming also introduces students to high- and low-tech tools, and encourages them to take risks.

Engineering Extravaganza Bay Area Discovery Museum

Engineering Extravaganza

Young engineers explore a series of hands-on stations featuring engineering challenges and a variety of tools, from hand tools (such as hammers and pliers) to high-tech tools (such as a laser cutter and 3-D printer). Through individual and collaborative activities both on and off the Try It Truck, students use BADM’s engineering design process of “Think, Make, Try,” as they creatively solve problems using math and science.

Availability: Monday – Friday

Grade Levels: Kindergarten – 5th grade

Timing: Sessions are 75 minutes in length

Group Size: Each session can accommodate 2-3 classrooms

2 sessions (4-6 classrooms)         $1,150
3 sessions (7-9 classrooms)         $1,350

Scholarships available for schools for who qualify. 

Additional mileage fee will apply to programs more than 40 miles away from the museum.

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Try It Truck Case Study

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BADM would like to thank 100kin10 for its partnership, providing the foundational funding and support to research, develop, and pilot the Try It Truck.

We also thank the following visionary funders whose support has helped launch the Try It Truck and is ensuring its future impact:

Visionary Funders:

  • Cisco Foundation
  • Colocation America
  • Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation
  • The Eucalyptus Foundation
  • Jocelyn and Brian Herndon, in loving memory of Marjorie Nicholson
  • Kinder Morgan Foundation
  • The Levchin Family
  • National Center for Civic Innovation
  • Pacific Gas and Electric Company
  • Qatalyst Partners
  • The Smart Family Foundation

Our Advisory Board provided constructive feedback and support along the way. We are grateful to them for sharing their valuable time with us.

The Advisory Board:

  • Tricia Berry, Director of Women in Engineering Program, University of Texas-Austin
  • Shelley Goldman, Professor, Stanford University
  • Richard Kennedy, Senior Principal, James Corner Field Operations
  • Sherry Lassiter, President & CEO, The Fab Foundation
  • Kate Martin, Engineer, Chevron
  • Amon Millner, Associate Professor of Computing & Innovation, Olin College of Engineering
  • Emily Pilloton, Founder & Executive Director, Project H Design and Girls Garage
  • Kiki Prottsman, Education Manager,
  • AnnMarie Thomas, Founder & Director, Playful Learning Lab at University of St. Thomas

And finally, a huge thank you to our pilot school partners. Without these students, families, and teachers, this project would not be a reality.

Pilot School Partners: 

  • Aspire Monarch Academy in Oakland, CA
  • Bayshore Elementary School in Daly City, CA
  • Bayside Martin Luther King Jr. Academy in Marin City, CA
  • Caliber Beta Academy in Richmond, CA
  • Caliber Changemakers Academy in Vallejo, CA
  • E.M. Downer Elementary School in Richmond, CA
  • Inverness Elementary School in Inverness, CA
  • Los Cerritos Elementary School in South San Francisco, CA
  • Manzanita Community School in Oakland, CA
  • Napa Junction Elementary School in Napa Junction, CA