MdBioLab: Vehicle of Change
MdBioLab, part of MdBio Foundation’s larger strategy to increase student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers, is a custom-built mobile laboratory that serves high school students, and their teachers, throughout the state of Maryland. MdBioLab’s goal is to increase student knowledge and confidence with laboratory concepts and techniques while alleviating the budgetary burdens of laboratory science on schools. It also works to increase self-efficacy for educators who may struggle with the advanced concepts, theories, and equipment used in laboratory science.
MdBioLab has provided quality educational experiences to more than 150,000 students throughout the state of Maryland since its launch in 2003. The program has shown statistically significant increases in student knowledge of science concepts as well as gains at improving attitudes towards STEM as a field of study and STEM-related careers. The Foundation’s education programs are popular with both students and teachers, and each year demand increases for school visits. Most notably, the mobile laboratory’s request-based schedule filled in less than 20 minutes for the 2015-16 school year, with more than 90 requests from high schools for only 35 available visits.
Applying for a 2017/18 visit
MdBioLab will take a year off during the 2017/18 school year while MdBio Foundation phases in the nation’s largest science and technology mobile laboratory, the Mobile eXploration Lab (MXLab). MXLab is a double expandable trailer and requires a space no less than 90 feet long and 40 feet wide on a hard, level surface. If your school is unable to accommodate the MXLab, MdBio Foundation will substitute the MdBioLab for your school visit.