Project SYNCERE’s STEM in Motion, A Mobile Tinker Lab engages K-8 students from traditionally inequitable communities with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) by making learning fun. Using life-sized tinker sets, LEGO kits, robotics, electronics, and ramps, participants can design, build, and create structures, vehicles, robots, and more using their own imagination. Our collaboration with Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) and a grant from the LEGO Foundation, empowered us to showcase how fun STEM can be in over 63 communities as far north as and as far south as and reach 3,102 people.

Thank you to all the students, families, adults, and libraries that participated in our STEM in Motion programming this past summer.

Have you spotted the mobile tinker labs around the city this year? We’ve continued to serve our community at events, schools, and organizations since summer 2022. We’re close to reaching our target of 3,000 families and students served in the Chicagoland area before April 2023. Who’s next?

Are you interested in having the STEM in Motion Fleet at your school or organization? Complete this interest form.

In the United States, more than 3,000 students attended PEBL workshops, camps, or classes and over 300 teachers were trained to bring PEBL into their classrooms. (Source:

In the first year of the LEGO Foundation grant, Tufts Center for Engineering and Outreach supported eight outreach organizations, including Project SYNCERE, to bring playful engineering-based learning to almost 6,000 students around the globe. (Source: