MdBioLab Visits

MdBioLab is scheduled on a first come, first served basis for high schools in that school year’s priority counties beginning August 1 at 9AM of each year. Schools from all other school systems may request a vist for any remaining weeks beginning September 1 at 9AM.

Priority counties for the 2016/17 school year are Anne Arundel, Caroline, Dorchester, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester. With a record 80 visit requests, MdBioLab’s 2015/16 schedule filled in under 15 minutes. We encourage teachers from the 2016/17 priority counties to register as close to 9AM as possible on August 1, 2016.

BEFORE YOUR MDBIOLAB VISIT

Prior to the MdBioLab visit, schools will be contacted to set up an in person meeting with an MdBioLab team member. All teachers who will be bringing classes aboard MdBioLab are required to attend the pre-visit meeting.

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

Teachers will be provided an MdBioLab packet containing.

SAFETY FIRST!

Student safety is MdBioLab’s number one priority.  MdBioLab aims to provide a safe learning environment for students, teachers, and all guests who come on-board. As such, we ask that you help us enforce MdBioLab’s Safety Rules and Regulations.

CLASS SIZE

The MdBioLab can accommodate up to 32 students (working in pairs) unless otherwise noted for specific activities. Please see descriptions of the laboratory activities to confirm the maximum number of student participants.

CLASSROOM ACTIVITY

Classroom teachers are asked to introduce students to theories and concepts related to the laboratory activity through a pre-laboratory classroom activity. MdBioLab staff is available to help teachers with creating or implementing these pre-laboratory activities.

STUDENT HANDOUTS

Schools are responsible for printing student handouts and ensuring that each student has a copy to bring to the MdBioLab for their class. Pencils will be provided by MdBioLab.

CONSENT FORMS

Schools are responsible for distributing and collecting MdBioLab consent forms from students and their parent/guardian.  The form will be distributed during the school’s pre-visit meeting.

TIME

The MdBioLab visits each school for one week. Mondays are reserved for setting up the truck and meeting with classroom teachers. Classes with students are held Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and until noon on Friday.

STUDENT HANDOUTS

Schools are responsible for printing student handouts and ensuring that each student has a copy to bring to the MdBioLab for their class. Pencils will be provided by MdBioLab.

INSTRUCTORS

MdBioLab provides experienced science educators who lead students through inquiry-based laboratory activities. MdBioLab provides all necessary equipment, reagents, and supplies for the activity. Students and teachers only need to bring laboratory handouts.

EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

Suggestions for extension activities to broaden student experiences are provided for each laboratory activity on our Laboratory Activities page.

AFTER MDBIOLAB

Many opportunities exist for high school students who would like to further their science experiences, perform an internship at a local organization, or find educational opportunities. The MdBioLab is committed to helping students identify their own unique career pathway. We provide information to schools and students about these experiences and are available to help teachers develop or implement new programs and/or events.

Applying for an MdBioLab Visit

The 2016/17 MdBioLab schedule is full.  Visit requests were accepted from schools in the 2016/17 priority counties beginning August 1 at 9:00AM.  Add your name to the waiting list to be considered for a visit if one becomes available.

Priority counties for the 2016/2017 school year are: Anne Arundel, Caroline, Dorchester, Howard, Kent, Montgomery, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester. 

Questions?

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