STEM & STEAM
Mobile Fab Lab Brings "STEAM Education on the Go"
- By Yvonne Marquez
- September 24th, 2019
Bucks County Intermediate Unit in Pennsylvania debuted a new mobile fab lab that brings “STEAM education on the go.”
The mobile fab lab is a van equipped with the latest in science technology that will prepare students for the workforce. The lab’s first stop is at Seylar Elementary School where it will stay for a week and then move on to other elementary and middle schools in all 13 county school districts for week-long residencies.
The equipment is unloaded and placed in a cafeteria or gym for students and teachers to use. A designated specialist is assigned to the van and tailors age-appropriate curricula for each school utilizing the equipment.
Students can look forward to working with:
- Two 3-D printers;
- A silhouette portrait fabricator;
- A vinyl cutter;
- A computer numerical controller router;
- A laser cutter; and
- Various robotics equipment.
“The Mobile Fab Lab will support innovative teaching and learning in schools throughout all of Bucks County,” Bucks County IU Executive Director Mark Hoffman told a local newspaper. “Having a van that can move between schools allows the districts to bring cutting-edge, modern equipment directly to the students and their teachers. This helps to ensure that Bucks County schools are preparing young people today for the jobs they’ll hold tomorrow.”
The van was purchased and equipped using a $412,000 PAsmart grant from the state’s Department of Education.
Yvonne Marquez is senior editor of School Planning & Management magazine. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.