Verizon Innovative Learning explorer lab

Serving D.C. Public Schools in 2017/2018


MdBio Foundation is excited to be partnering with Verizon Innovative Learning to bring a new mobile experience to District of Columbia Public Schools for the 2017/18 school year.

The Verizon Innovative Learning explorer lab is an entirely new way for middle school students to discover concepts of engineering design. The explorer lab is a shared immersive learning experience that combines movie-quality video, special effects, and hands-on educational gaming to create a learning environment that gets kids excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) – right in the school parking lot.

Onboard a customized motor coach, students experience a futuristic research lab that transports them to environments they can only imagine. The explorer lab was created by Verizon Innovative Learning, the education initiative of the Verizon Foundation. We need more kids to see the world of possibilities available to them. Learn more at the Verizon Innovative Learning website.

Mars Discovery Program

The explorer lab Mars Discovery Program curriculum has been developed to meet Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for engineering and design (MS-ETS-1, MS-ETS-2, MS-ETS-3). Student explorers will experience an interactive tour of the solar system which ends with a landing on Mars. Following the landing, each student will use a tablet to design their own Mars rover.

Explorer lab experiences are designed to fit into a typical 30- to 45-minute class period, but can be extended for longer class periods. Explorer lab activities are led by MdBio’s professional science educators.

To learn more about the explorer lab, contact Benedetta Naglieri.