MdBioLab: Vehicle of Change
MdBioLab, part of the 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 experience and confidence with laboratory concepts and techniques while alleviating the budgetary burdens of laboratory science on schools. It also works to increase teacher 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 100,000 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 2013-14 school year, with more than 60 requests from high schools for only 35 available visits.
Mobile Laboratory Coalition
MdBioLab is a founding member of the Mobile Laboratory Coalition. This partnership of mobile science laboratory programs supports each other through evaluation, best practices, and curriculum share.