Bringing STEM to Students with Mobile Technology

“The overall goal is really for us to create an engaging and fun experience for students to think about STEM in a new way,” said Colvin. “Then there’s general career awareness: helping them realize that there are these jobs available to them. They could work in these really cool areas or do this stuff themselves.

Mobile laboratory technologies and how they work

The idea of ​​a mobile unit full of valuable technology can be intimidating, especially for those who remember Newton’s first law of motion: a body at rest will remain at rest and a body in motion will remain in motion unless ‘an external force does not act on it. . But ECSU’s and Learning Undefeated mobile lab technology is secure and, Colvin says, more cost effective than a physical lab.

“It’s a shared resource, so the financial or capital investment can be shared across school systems, and there are good models for that,” she says. “Maybe you want to build a computer lab, and you don’t have the funds to do it in all of your schools. You can set up your computer lab on a mobile platform and share it with schools in your district. “

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Learning Undefeated Labs include technologies such as map projection, touch screen walls, augmented reality, and oversized TV screens, among other technologies. Students learn everything from cybersecurity to alien exploration. The Learning Undefeated Exploration Lab includes tablets on which students can design a Martian rover. The learning process is game-based, and in addition to building a virtual rover, students also learn Morse code and the surface conditions of the Red Planet.

ECSU’s mobile lab, meanwhile, offers aerospace and aviation courses to North Carolina students. It offers flight and drone simulators in addition to 3D scanning, 3D printing, coding and more. Rawat says the university is supporting and expanding the program through grants. “Whenever we see a new technology that students need to learn, we add it as well,” he says.

While mobile lab buses can’t stay in a school’s parking lot indefinitely, they help give students STEM exposure when they otherwise wouldn’t. These early presentations can set the tone for a student’s future, and every mobile lab organization works with teachers to help them ignite the spark of enthusiasm in learners.

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