If you missed part 1, find it here:


We pitched the bus.

First Tech was on board before we even had time to explain the idea.  The details would take time, and there were many more conversations to come, but it was clear we now had a concrete idea around which we could rally.

We wanted to use the bus to explore other creative partnerships with the community, so we reached out next to Autodesk, who makes really awesome 3d design tools.  Autodesk’s response was immediate and supportive.  The great news that I learned was that Autodesk ALREADY gives students access to most of its design tools FREE OF CHARGE.  They are also developing thoughtful teacher guides and learning materials.  Autodesk’s tools like TinkerCad (an awesome 3d design tool especially for younger kids) will be a part of the bus experience.

We started exploring rolling storage carts, awesome hands on activities we could have on the bus, and different events that would include the bus.

Then we realized that there was an important thing that we still needed – a bus.

John Peplinski, the architect of the BSD Future Ready Vision, reached out and the district delivered.  A 27 foot beauty with a lift that was phasing out of service.

We had a vision of kid made things, a growing list of collaborators, and a bus.  It was time to take this vision Further – and physically transform this old school bus into the FutureBus.

For this, we reached out to Gallagher Designs.

John Nougier, Andrea Gaier, and Chris Lowenberg were on board and enormously helpful as we tried to figure out our next move.  As I mentioned more than once, this was our first FutureBus, and there were bound to be some growing pains.  We were excited that this collaboration was going to involve some really special designers with lots of experience doing these sorts of projects.

We wanted the bus to tell a story.  Even before it got close.  Even if there was no one around to tell it.  And we wanted the bus to deliver a message – that school could feel different.  That it could be different, and inspire kids -wherever they were, and whatever their story was- to make something unique to this world.  To break down the walls of school and transport teachers and students to a place that challenged them to reimagine their craft of teaching and student-ing.

And we wanted coffee on the bus.  Everyone knows that teachers work and think better when they have coffee.  Good coffee.

Our next stop was Stumptown.




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