New mobile lab expands science education at Montgomery County school

Albert Einstein High School got a visit from a new mobile science lab. (Photo, ABC7)

Tenth grade biology students at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington are learning about wildlife forensics in a brand new way.

"It gets me more engaged in what we're doing and I kind of feel like an expert," Tishawna Cornelius shared.

16-year-old Jefferson Rodriguez told ABC7 News, "Coming here, it gave me a different perspective on the whole science."

Rodriguez is referring to the new, $750,000 MXLab offered by the MdBio Foundation.

"Which is the Mobile exploration Lab. It's the largest mobile STEM vehicle of its kind in the country," explained MdBio Foundation CEO Brian Gaines.

The 1,000 square foot lab visits schools throughout Maryland to bring hands on science experiences and advanced technology to students.

"We have hands on technology, we have computing, touch screen TVs," Gaines continued. "We do coding. We want to inspire students to think about careers in STEM."

Science Resource Teacher Lydia Walker thinks the lab better engages students.

"What this does is it allows kids to do science instead of just hearing someone talk about science," she says.

The MXLab is the foundation's second mobile science lab and expands the program's reach to 10-thousand more students at 35 high schools. In the fall, the custom-built learning vehicle will begin providing week-long visits to Maryland schools.

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