We'll bring the science to you
The Perot Museum’s Community Programs Department is dedicated to providing opportunities for STEM learning across the DFW area. The Community Engagement team and TECH Trucks aid in the mission of inspiring minds through nature and science for communities who have experienced underrepresentation and/or lack of resources. If your library, rec center, non-profit or other community-focused organization is interested in becoming a community partner, explore the programs below to get started, then please contact Ninfa Beltran, Community Engagement Manager, at email@example.com for more information.
The goal of the TECH Truck is to engage youth in maker-based science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) experiences that foster creativity and confidence. The TECH Truck brings hands-on discovery directly to community centers programs, libraries, parks, public events, out-of-school programs and more — providing science-based experiences for the public.
Driving an interest in STEAM
Depending on each audience, TECH Truck experiences may involve no technology, low technology or high technology. Yet in every case, kids and caregivers share the thrill of discovery that’s so essential to fostering confidence and creativity in STEAM subjects.
Community Science Meet-Up
2 hours | Up to 250 people (all ages) | Free for qualifying Community Partners
Our TECH Truck team will bring supplies and materials to provide activities for hands-on learning. Community Science Meet Ups are designed for medium to large audiences. Participating organizations must provide staff and volunteers to help run stations. TECH Truck staff will set up, train and assist throughout the event.
After-School STEM Clubs
1-1.5 hours | 1-5 weeks | Up to 30 students | 3rd grade and above | Free for qualifying Community Partners
Facilitated by our TECH Truck staff, these are designed for smaller groups of students in which our educators bring supplies and materials for hands-on learning focused on Tinkering, Engineering, Creating and Hacking (TECH) for students during after-school hours. STEM Clubs will comprise of five to eight visits over the span of a semester with the same group of students and require at least two school staff members to be present.
TECH Truck Community Festival
Up to 4 hours | Number of participants depends on the event | Free for qualifying Community Partners
Are you hosting a festival with food, fun and/or a lot of people? Consider the TECH Truck to be one of your vendors! TECH Truck staff will drive out to events and bring materials for come-and-go activities for festivalgoers to participate in. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) related activities will be facilitated in and around the TECH Truck to enhance your event and bring hands-on learning to your festival participants.