Science Labs In Buses Really Can Be Magic

Science Labs In Buses Really Can Be Magic

The Magic School Bus may have started the connection between science and a bus, but these organizations are really taking it to a different level. The bus isn’t the form of transportation – this is the science laboratory and it is coming directly to the students. They create magic by encouraging kids to explore science and other STEM careers. In many cases the lab is delivered to schools that don’t have any access to labs at all. Let me know if there are additions I need to add to the list.
Osceola Mobile STEM Lab
http://schs.osceolaschools.net/cms/One.aspx?portalId=567190&pageId=12503701
Osceola Public School System, FL
STEM Bus
http://stembususa.org
Boise, ID & Charlotee, NC
Building a globally competitive STEM skilled American Workforce through hands on, project based experiences
Creative Discovery Museum K – 5 Science Lab
http://cdmfun.org/discovery-mobile-mobile-science-lab
Chattanooga, TN
Biobus
http://www.biobus.org/about/
New York City, NY
Founded in 2008, Cell Motion Laboratories works towards a future in which all people have experienced the power and beauty of making a scientific discovery. We cultivate this vision by creating immersive laboratory environments in which scientists join students and the general public for hands-on scientific exploration.
Mobile Science Laboratory
Science on the Go
http://extension.illinois.edu/scienceonthego/about.cfm
Chicago, IL
The University of Illinois Science on the Go Mobile Science Laboratory is a hands-on learning lab that is available to Chicagoland schools, libraries, community centers, churches, community fairs, museums, and neighborhoods to deliver science and math programming.
Science Adventure Lab
http://www.seattlechildrens.org/classes-community/community-programs/science-adventure-lab/student-learning/
Seattle, WA
To learn to play music, you need to practice using the right instruments. The same is true for science. That’s why the Science Adventure Lab is designed as a physical extension of Seattle Children’s Research Institute. We bring a fully equipped research lab and the expertise of Seattle Children’s scientists directly to Washington schools that might not have ready access to such resources.
PITT Mobile Science Lab, by the University of Pittsburgh
http://www.mobilelab.pitt.edu/
Salk Mobile Science Lab
http://www.salk.edu/about/education-outreach/programs/salk-mobile-science-lab/
San Diego, CA
While it does not appear to be on a bus, the education outreach is mobile and will come to middle schools for 3 days of extensive “Discovering DNA” learning.
Maryland Agriculture Education Foundation
http://maefonline.com/programs_mobile_science_maryland_agricultural_education.html
Maryland
Mobile Science Labs covering aquatics, agriculture products and Food Fiber & You
Agastya International Foundation
http://www.agastya.org/how/how-we-do-it/mobile-labs
India
The Green Machine Mobile Science Lab
Greenwood Genetic Center
http://www.ggc.org/education/programs/outreach/mobile-lab.html
South Carolina
focused on high school studies of genetics
Mobile Science Labs
http://msl-la.com/
Los Angeles, CA
Not on a bus – but the equipment and professionals come to you
Chemistry, Physics and Biology labs included
The STEAM Express
http://www.houstonchronicle.com/neighborhood/spring/schools/article/Klein-ISD-brings-science-to-students-in-new-5863906.php
Houston, Texas
Klein ISD – Inspired by the Bookmobile
DOW/Saginaw Valley State University
http://www.svsu.edu/dowsciencesustainabilityeducationcenter/mobilelab/
Michigan
Mobile Laboratory Coalition
Boston University School of Medicine
http://www.bumc.bu.edu/citylab/mobilelab/mobilelabcoaliton/
Boston, MA
Destiny – Morehead Mobile Labs
http://moreheadplanetarium.org/outreach/at-your-school/morehead-mobile-labs
North Carolina
Bio Bus
https://www.missouriwestern.edu/biobus/
Missouri Western State University
Delta College
http://www.delta.edu/foundation/projects/stem-explorer.aspx
University Center, MI
Mobile Laboratory Coalition – helps connect mobile labs together and to resources
http://www.mobilelabcoalition.com/wp/
27 members in 18 states
Serving nearly a million students and nearly 12,000 teachers
They have a conference each year to connect members too

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