For Immediate Release
March 20, 2014
Moreno Valley College to Welcome STEM Mobile Innovation Center
It has taken two years of planning and development, and over 2,219 miles, but Moreno Valley College will officially welcome its state-of-the-art STEM Mobile Innovation Center on Thursday, March 27 when the 38-foot customized Class C motorhome turned-state-of-the-science laboratory is put on display at 12:50 pm.
The lab-on-wheels will be used to engage K-12 and college students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. It was purchased through a $4.1 million grant from the US Department of Education, which the College received in October 2011.
Staff will finish outfitting the mobile innovation center over spring break with equipment and interactive labs for general sciences, biology, chemistry, and physics.
“The STEM Mobile Innovation Center is designed to deliver STEM engagement and outreach activities to students in kindergarten to graduate school,” said Maureen Chavez, associate dean for grants and college support programs. Beginning in the fall, groups will be able to book the STEM Mobile Innovation Center through a College on-line booking system.
“The College will provide open access to the STEM lab, allowing for individual and collaborative groups of learners,” Chavez said. “These experiential learning opportunities will foster diversity in STEM education and career pathways through attention to the cultural backgrounds of students and their educational needs.”