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Ford’s New ‘STEAM Box’ Lets Kids Play The Role Of Engineer By Building A Working Mustang Model

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Ford Motor Company continues to support STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education for America’s youth, this week announcing a collaboration with a company named “Academics in a Box Inc.” to deliver buildable Ford Mustang models with working LED lamps and electric motors to young students. The so-named “Ford STEAM Box” is available for free while supplies last by signing up on the new Ford STEAM Experience website.

The STEAM Box “challenges youth to think like a Ford engineer,” the automaker says. It includes just about everything a young student will need to build the functional Ford Mustang model: paper to build a vehicle frame using origami and kirigami modeling; copper tape to conduct electricity and make a working motor; LED bulbs to function as working headlights and taillights; and more. Through the process of constructing the model, students will learn a bit about vehicle construction, circuitry, and other core STEAM principles.

Ford STEAM Box Mustang model build

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Ford engineer Lisa Sheth says the Ford STEAM Box and programs like it are integral to building relationships with parents, who “play a critical role in motivating their kids to stay curious and sustain their excitement in STEAM education.” She says the automaker “sees an increasing desire from them for more STEAM-related activities, and this is a great way for us to help bring that about.”

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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