Blue Bus

DRUM SHOP:

Making a wooden barrel drum

Making a wooden barrel drum

Making a pvc barrel drum

Making a Music Video

Finished drum

 

CHESS SHOP:

Chess Board makers

Chess Board maker

Working on the Bus

Working on the Bus

Making Chess Pieces

Using the hand-cranked lathe

WELCOME TO THE BUILD-IT BUS
Traveling Workshop

Overview | Mission Statement | Projects | Photos of Bus

 Blue Bus Work benches Working on the lathe Kid-made electric guitar Working at the lathe

Overview

A Ministry of Ardmore Presbyterian Church: The Build-it Bus is a traveling creative workshop that operates out of a refitted para-transit bus. The Bus is a ministry of Ardmore Presbyterian to urban children, offering opportunities for learning woodworking and other skilled handcrafts. Students work on the bus itself, which is equipped with workbenches and manual tools re-engineered for children. The Build-it Bus can partner with churches, urban schools, after-school programs, day care centers, summer camps, senior centers. The bus operates in the Philadelphia area.

For students coming aboard, The Build-it Bus is a novel and welcoming space. The interior space of the bus is equipped as flexible work-shop space for a variety of hand skills - from woodworking to sewing craft to cooking. (See the navigation bar to browse for list of classes for different age groups).

The Build-it Bus seeks to offer students the opportunity to make meaningful projects for themselves, for their communities, and for their families - projects that teach life skills, enhance relationships, teach self-sufficiency.

We travel to location tailoring anything from single one hour classes to full 5 to 12 week courses for:

The Build-it Bus is an urban/suburban partnership. Begun in 2008, the ministry has received both financial and volunteer support from such organizations as Ardmore Presbyterian Church, The West Philadelphia Alliance for Children (WePAC), Eastern University's outreach to The Barry School, grants from the Presbytery of Philadelphia, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, and private donors.

Funded by a combination of grants and fees, prices per class are charged on a sliding scale based on the ability to pay.

The Build-it Bus is handicap accessible.

PHOTOS of Bus workshop
(for more photos go to Gallery)

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Mission Statement

The Build-it Bus ministry is built on the belief that it is Godís desire that everyone experience the goodness of life. Experiencing this goodness is experiencing the goodness of God, and is essential to the emotional, physical and spiritual development of children.

Part of the richness of life includes working creatively with oneís hands, expressing oneís self creatively, feeling a degree of control over oneís environment, having the ability to meaningfully contribute to the familyís well being, building working relationships with other people. By developing skills, making meaningful projects that make a difference for their families, and working side by side with people who really care about each other, kids are able to experience this richness of life and are nurtured by the goodness of God.

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Projects

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Photos of Bus Workshop

The Build-it Bus

The Build-it Bus

Interior space

Workshop set up for lathing (making chess pieces)

Work shop

Workshop set up for woodworking

Chess Shop in action

Students working on hand-cranked lathes

Work shop

Student working on a chess Queen

Interior space

Pop-out space built on the extended lift - for reading, playing quiet games

Interior space

Playing chess (and eating popcorn) in the Pop-out

Interior space

The Pop-out in warm weather

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