Its goal is to inspire the next generation of scientists…
So, that’s why the Maryland Bio Foundation held an open house on their mobile bio lab; to help kick off the school year in the Johns Hopkins University’s Montgomery County campus parking lot on Wednesday afternoon.
“Really we do it every year because we want to thank our friends and supporters for all their support throughout the year; and in about two weeks we’re going to hit the road and start our school year,” said the CEO of the Maryland Bio Foundation, Brain Gaines.
Gaines added that the current Maryland Bio Mobile Lab is about to start its 14th school year. He says that they’ve helped more than 130 thousand students across the state of Maryland.
Joe Wilkerson is the mobile lab’s manager, and he says a lab like this is important for high school students, and teachers across Maryland to have access too; so they can learn more….
“So a lot of times schools don’t necessarily have all the equipment that we are able to bring them and it’s really good exposure to lab techniques as to being in the classroom students might get a quick demonstration of the lab kit here… but in our case we’re actually getting the students involved and each student is able to do their own little experiment,” said Wilkerson.
Maryland bio lab officials say that they plan to expand, and make the mobile lab bigger by the beginning of 2017; to accommodate more students, so they can have more technology and science hands on experience.
“It’s going to be three times the size of the current vehicle. So the one we’re on right now is about 300 square feet …this will be almost a thousand square feet and it will be able to accommodate over 40 students,” added Gaines.
The Maryland Bio Lab will be hitting the road to tour the state of Maryland, but will be back in Montgomery County on October 17th through the 21st at Seneca Valley High School.
To visit the Maryland Bio Foundation’s website, click the link below: