Maker Truck History and Creation

In August of 2016, spectrUM and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes were awarded an NSF EAGER award to inspire the Flathead Indian Reservation's next-generation workforce through mobile, cultural making.  The SciNation team purchased a Ford Transit Van and began to re-imagine the van into a mobile makerspace, equipped with a laser cutter and 3D printer.

The name of the Maker Truck comes from the Salish and Kootenai words for "to make".  With support and input from both culture committees, the Kwul (Salish) 'I'tkin (Kootenai) Maker Truck was born.


SciNation team celebrates the purchase of the Maker Truck in December 2016.


Before receiving its vinyl wrap, students decorated the Maker Truck with dry erase markers.


The Kwul 'I'tkin Maker Truck was developed with an EAGER grant from the National Science Foundation (award #1623554).