SparkFun National Education Tour to make a stop at Hunt Meadows

Billy Cannada Staff Writer

October 8, 2013

EASLEY — Hunt Meadows Elementary will be one of 50 stops for the SparkFun National Education Tour, which aims to educate students about the latest in technology.

The tour will arrive in Easley on Oct. 15 and students will have the chance to participate in workshops and learn about skills such as programming, soldering and building circuits.

SparkFun, an online electronic components retailer based in Boulder, CO, has launched their 2013 Education Tour traveling by bus to select events around country.

As the only scheduled tour stop in the Carolinas, Hunt Meadows’ CoderDojo students will be spending a full day in October with the SparkFun bus on-site.

Fourth and Fifth grade students participating in the CoderDojo program will be learning the fundamentals of physical computing.

SparkFun will present a day-long student workshop using Arduino microcontrollers and various other electronic components. An additional workshop in the afternoon will be held for teachers and educators within Anderson One.

When the SparkFun bus drives off to its next tour stop at Stetson University in Florida, Hunt Meadows will be left with 20 SparkFun Inventor’s Kits to continue learning, school officials say.

According to its website, The SparkFun National Tour’s goal is to share passion for electronics with students and teachers across the country.

During our tour, SparkFun says it will teach workshops to students of all ages as well as teachers, librarians, after-school coordinators, and other educators, showing how electronics can be a vital part of education.

For more information, visit Hunt Meadows online at http://www.anderson1.k12.sc.us/hmes or SparkFun at https://learn.sparkfun.com/tour.