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Mobile Science Sustainability Lab Brings Hands-On Solar Education to Middle Schools

Access to fun, interactive science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming is often out of reach for schools in underserved communities due to a lack of resources. Such education opportunities are critical components to spark interest in STEM-related fields among youth. Tallahassee-based nonprofit Mobile Science Laboratory, Inc. (MoLab) addresses this critical need by directly bringing dynamic, on-the-go, and hands-on science experiences to schools in underserved communities with MoBus, their mobile science lab.

Continuing their partnership with All Points North Foundation, MoLab will provide project-based, collaborative solar education to sixth-grade students at eight Title 1 middle schools in Leon and Gadsden counties in Florida. MoLab’s multi-faceted approach raises awareness about solar and the need for alternative energy sources, reinforcing in-school science curriculum and bridging the racial, ethnic, and gender gaps in STEM fields.

Within MoBus, students experience both the Sustainability Station, where they receive an introduction to electricity and learn how a solar cell is engineered, and the Fab Lab, where they participate in a series of hands-on experiments with solar circuitry materials.

As a part of this project, MoBus will be equipped with a new lithium iron (LiFe Power) battery system to augment the solar panels that were installed with a previous grant, and its interior upgraded.

MoLab’s founders know having access to STEM education opportunities is a critical component in raising underserved communities and schools. As school budgets and out-of-classroom experiences are reduced, MoLab brings hands-on solar programming to those who need it most.

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