MEDIA ADVISORY: Discover the new Maker Mobile – delivering robots, 3D printers and more to schools near you

Posted on Thursday, May 18, 2017

Elementary school students attending workshops in front of a red Maker Mobile van

How can we get kids and teens excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)?

The University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Engineering invites members of the media to attend the unveiling of the new Maker Mobile van, which will travel from school to school in the Ottawa area to bring fun hands-on learning activities with 3D printers and scanners, laser cutters, robots and microcontrollers.

With the recent $240,000 PromoScience funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the team will be able to purchase equipment to install at each school. This will kick-start the creation of Makerspaces to deliver on-site workshops and after-school programs to elementary and high-school students. The funds will also be used to expand off-campus camps, after-school programs, offering training and support to teachers, and more.

WHAT: Unveiling of new Maker Mobile van and programming, robotics and 3D printing demos with elementary school students
WHEN: Friday May 19th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: SITE terrace, 800 King Edward Avenue, Ottawa | Map
RSVP: Members of the media are asked to confirm their attendance by email to

At the event, groups of elementary school students will get to test and demonstrate the new Maker Mobile’s workshops:

  • Arduino: Learn about microcontrollers by programming an Arduino board and controlling its various inputs and outputs (lights).
  • Little Bits: Investigate circuits and computer logic using electronic building blocks called Little Bits, while learning some basic programming concepts.
  • Snap Circuits: Create your own electrical circuits using electronic building blocks. Investigate different types of electrical circuits.
  • Ozobots: Learn to code while playing with these small, smart toy robots.  Create and connect the physical and digital worlds!
  • 3D printing: Students create their own 3D model in small groups using Tinkercad, a user-friendly 3D modeling software.

About the Maker Mobile program
The Maker Mobile program has delivered workshops to over 16,000 participants in its first year alone. It has also delivered programs to groups such as Syrian refugees, First Nations youth and urban youth in low-income communities. The success of this new program has shown how schools in the region are in need of technology resources that they can integrate into their classroom curriculum. Maker Mobile’s goal is to encourage creativity, problem-solving skills and interest in technology among everyone in the community.

Media inquiries

Amélie Ferron-Craig
Media Relations Officer
Cell: 613-863-7221

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