WhaT IS STE(A)M Truck?

STE(A)M Truck is changing how teachers teach and what students learn.

According to the 2015 NAEP (considered the Nation's Report Card), after 13 years of public schooling, less than 40% of students are ready for college and career success.

Our growing fleet of STE(A)M Trucks is changing that. STE(A)M Truck is the hugely innovative, results-producing, award-winning program from Community Guilds. It is a mobile makerspace wrapped around a dense, multi- faceted curriculum that is designed to pull kids out of their comfort zones and help them see the awesome potential that is their future selves.

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Why do we do it?

The research has been clear. Access to hands-on building, tinkering, and the kinds of curriculum offered through STE(A)M Truck can increase access to STEM careers and build the skills critical for long term success. However, the tools, expertise, and time needed to utilize these types of strategies are usually unavailable in public schools, and especially so in public schools serving low income communities. Our program provides access to tools, technologies, and talent that can reach students during the school day directly on their own campus. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to close opportunity gaps and provide lifelong opportunities by transforming teaching and learning through an experiential maker approach that brings together youth and adult learners within collaborative communities.

Our Vision

Our vision is that through formal and informal educational experiences, K-12 youth throughout the U.S. will have equitable access to transformative and inspiring learning experiences that open doors for future life opportunities.

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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

Our work is based on research indicating that a) memorable hands-on experiences predict interest in STEM, b) children in poverty tend to have fewer opportunities to engage in such experiences, and c) lack of informal education opportunities for children in poverty is a predictor of the achievement gap.

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EDUCATOR DEVELOPMENT

With our innovative and groundbreaking model, STE(A)M Truck provides ongoing technical support, professional development and guidance during the entire 20 day program.  We align our Builds with a teacher's curriculum and ensure our work still shapes the classroom long after we drive away.

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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

STE(A)M Truck is a platform that allows the broader community to directly, and authentically, work with teachers and students. And by providing maker mentor and teacher artist opportunities and stipends, we cultivate and grow local talent.  Lastly, we use our mobile platform to "seed" maker hubs at schools, libraries, recreation centers and other public spaces.

How is it going so far?

Based on assessment prior to and following a variety of STE(A)M Truck engagements, we've seen some exciting results!

73%+ 

of students have increased confidence in pursuing a STEM career

87%+ 

of students have improved applied STEM skills

97%+ 

of students have improved non-cognitive skills

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IT REALLY DOES TAKE A VILLAGE

Below are partners, funders, and supporters of STE(A)M Truck that have made our impact possible.