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Spark Truck brings Silicon Valley to Melrose

Photo by Dan Hildebran: Warren McQuinn, who is studying linguistics and cognitive science at UC-Berkeley gives Noah Cook, Elijah Cook, Matthew Hankins and Joseph Cook a tour of the Spark Truck.

Photo by Dan Hildebran: Warren McQuinn, who is studying linguistics and cognitive science at UC-Berkeley gives Noah Cook, Elijah Cook, Matthew Hankins and Joseph Cook a tour of the Spark Truck.

Undergraduates from Stanford, UC-Berkeley and other California Universities rolled into Melrose on the Spark Truck Aug. 2 with the goal of sparking some interest in product design.

The delivery-style truck, a project of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford, is touring across the country to promote the discipline of product design and creation to primary and secondary school students.   College students traveling with the truck, mostly undergraduates studying industrial design, teach younger students the fun of making things with their hands.

Melrose students saw a 3-D printer, a laser cutter and an acrylic bender aboard the vehicle, witnessing how many of the products they see everyday come to be.  Students also sharpened their creativity with drawing exercises and experimented with LEGO robots.

Photo by Dan Hildebran: Benji Kuroda (center), a student at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, takes students through a creative drawing exercise.

Photo by Dan Hildebran: Benji Kuroda (center), a student at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, takes students through a creative drawing exercise.

Photo by Dan Hildebran: Stephen Shepard, a product design engineering un-dergraduate at Stanford, explains to students the difference between right-brain and left-brain think-ing.

Photo by Dan Hildebran: Stephen Shepard, a product design engineering un-dergraduate at Stanford, explains to students the difference between right-brain and left-brain think-ing.

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