Spokes: Biking Across America for STEM Education #makereducation
Spokes is an educational initiative in which 7 college students will tour the country and teach a series of interactive STEM focused workshops to public school students.
For the summer of 2014, a team of 7 will bike across the United States in collaboration with Teach for America as part of an effort to rethink education. As we go, we will stop in more than ten public schools throughout the country to hold learning festivals. At each school, we will teach hands-on, project-oriented classes based on our passions.
Check out the classes here! One class, Build Your Car and Drive It, uses a Raspberry Pi and Python to expose students to the building blocks of engineering :
This workshop is a crash course (NPI) on the power of software-hardware integration. We will expose students to basic concepts from mechanical and electrical engineering, and computer science. Students will work with Raspbery Pi hardware and appropriate components to build a basic vehicle and then use Python to operate. The team with the fastest car will walk away with some Spokes swag!
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