Osceola's Mobile STEM Lab Recipient Of National Award For Outstanding Emerging Mobile Laboratory Programs
After only one year in operation, the Osceola School District's Mobile STEM Lab has earned recognition as the sole winner of the "Outstanding Emerging Mobile Lab Program" Award given by the Mobile Laboratory Coalition, a national organization of mobile labs. The award was given in recognition of Osceola being the first K-12 school district in the nation to create such an innovative teaching and learning experience for students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Osceola's Mobile STEM Lab, a 45-foot motor coach outfitted with seven interactive hands-on student learning stations, will visit 28 district Title I elementary schools around the county throughout the school year. Fifth grade students will be engaged in hurricane-themed, standards-based learning, in such areas as medical and biological technology and geological, environmental, electrical, structural, and meteorological engineering. While it is at each school, parents and students will be invited to learn about the mobile lab and STEM careers by attending a Parent Night, featuring hands-on, interactive activities from the Orlando Science Center.
The district's Mobile STEM Lab and STEM expansion throughout the district was made possible through support from Osceola County Board of County Commissioners, Walt Disney World, the Education Foundation - Osceola, DELL, and Title I grant funding.