Friday, October 2, 2015

Penn Charter's Center for Public Purpose has been working with the non-profit SPARKmakers for the last two years to bring a curriculum called "Designing Electronic Gadgets and Playful Structures" to students in partner schools and non-profit agencies throughout Philadelphia. 

So far, Penn Charter student interns have worked with students at St. James School, Widener Memorial School, the Center for Returning Citizens and are now engaged in a nine-week program at Mercy Neighborhood Ministries in Tioga.

Students in these partner schools and agencies learn how to use a solder, work with circuits, and repurpose old electronics to make simple robots and fun mechanical things. Projects have included a boat powered with a propeller, a car powered with motors, a flashlight and the design of a playground. This will be followed by a second level in design problem-solving and fabrication skills. 

 Jim Ballengee, Founder, Center for Public Purpose

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