For Immediate Release
June 3, 2014
Edison International's Gift Helps to Enhance
MVC STEM Mobile Innovation Center
Edison International has made a $5,000 donation to Moreno Valley College's STEM Mobile Innovation Center, a 38-foot customized mobile science-learning laboratory. The lab-on-wheels will be hosting its inaugural Open House on June 17 from 4 to 6 pm at Moreno Valley College prior to the June 17 Board of Trustees meeting.
With the monies, the College plans to acquire an LX200-ACF 10-inch telescope, the most-widely used telescope on earth.
"The learning opportunities provided by the Moreno Valley College Mobile Innovation Center cannot be matched by a classroom experience," said Ray Hicks, Edison International Region Manager. "The mobile center will provide students with hands-on experience during trips to the beach, desert and other environments that a classroom could only simulate. Edison International is excited to be able to partner with Moreno Valley College to provide STEM students with creative, meaningful learning experiences that will motivate them in their studies."
The mobile center will engage K-12 and college students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The unit was purchased through a $4.1 million grant from the US Department of Education, which the College received in October 2011.
"Moreno Valley College is honored and grateful to Edison International for their sponsorship," said Maureen Chavez, associate dean for grants and college support programs.
Designed for individual and collaborative groups of learners, the STEM Mobile Innovation Center activities include hands-on, multidisciplinary projects and multi-media technologies. MVC faculty has been finishing outfitting the mobile innovation center with equipment and interactive labs for general sciences, biology, chemistry, and physics.