Once again, MdBio is changing the face of STEM education

Introducing the Mobile eXploration Lab, the country’s largest, most advanced mobile laboratory. Called MXLab for short, the lab has been custom-designed by MdBio to expand new technology and laboratory science experiences and pique students’ interests in STEM learning and careers.

Inside the lab, MdBio’s educators will engage participants in hands-on experiences using technologies not available in schools. MXLab instructors will combine MdBio’s core bioscience and chemistry curriculum with data set modeling, virtual reality, cybersecurity and game-based learning. The MXLab will complement MdBio’s sought-after MdBioLab, allowing the Foundation to serve additional students and offer increased workforce development and teacher training programs.

Funding for the MXLab represents a unique public-private partnership, with investments made by the MdBio Foundation, the State of Maryland, philanthropic organizations, and corporate supporters.

The new mobile lab was built in collaboration with Triune Specialty Trailers, a Madison Heights, Michigan-based specialty manufacturer of custom expandable trailer solutions.

Fast Facts

  • Footprint: Nearly 1,000 square feet

  • Class size: Up to 40 students

  • Students served: 10,000 Maryland high school students per year. MdBio has served more than 150,000 students since 2003.

  • Curriculum: Bioscience, chemistry, data set modeling, cybersecurity, and game-based learning

  • Technology: Six touch-screen flat panel televisions, internet, and more than one mile of CAT-5 cabling to enable state-of-the-art education

  • Manufacturer: Triune Specialty Vehicles

  • Begins service: 2017/2018 school year

Applying for a visit

AUGUST 1, 9AM

MdBio will offer 35 week-long mobile laboratory visits for Maryland high schools during the 2017/2018 school year.  Of these weeks, twenty seven (27) have been set aside for priority schools (defined by MdBio as those schools with a majority of students eligible for free/reduced meals). Schedule for priority schools begins online August 1 at 9AM.

Priority schools will be required to provide documentation showing their eligibility at time of scheduling.

The remaining 8 weeks will be open to all Maryland schools, with preference given to those which have not had a visit in the past three years.

Learn more about MXLab visits