Kids will be working with robots, circuit boards, computers and cardboard this week for a special club hosted through Dubois County 4-H.
About 20 kids showed up for the first night of the Makers Spark Club being led by Sheila Hurst and Marti Mauntel at the Center for Technology, Innovation and Manufacturing (CTIM) at VUJC. Designed to stimulate the kids’ imaginations and promote collaboration, the club offers activities centered around using technology and common materials creatively.
The evening started with an icebreaker and some quick instruction on the different activities available for the attendees. A short video about Caine’s Arcade — an inspirational story about a boy who created a worldwide phenomenon after building a mechanical arcade out of cardboard boxes in his father’s car parts store — had most of the group heading to a table covered with cardboard, tape, and scissors before the end of the two-hour meeting.
The group will meet each evening from 6 to 8 p.m. over spring break.