Mobile eXploration Lab

Topic: Technology

Case Study

of an Exhibit

by Harry Kurtz

Published on August 25, 2017, Modified on August 27, 2017

  • Museum: MdBio Foundation, Inc. and Triune Specialty Trailers Focus: Science

  • Collaborating Organization(s): MdBio Foundation, Inc.

  • My role: Triune Specialty Trailers designed and built the trailer after winning a nationwide bid in Spring 2016. The trailer took 9 months to create.

  • Description and goals

    The Mobile eXploration Lab (MXLAB) is the country’s largest and most advanced mobile science laboratory that travels throughout the state of Maryland to deliver hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education experiences to youth and teens.

    The double expandable lab opens to 1,000 s.f. (nearly three times the size of their old lab!) and provides space for up to 42 students.

    It is outfitted with interactive, flat-screen video displays, computational equipment and fold-away workstations to convert the space for large events, as well as mobile laboratory amenities, such as laboratory workstations, electricity and water.

    MXLab will serve approximately 10,000 students at 35 different high schools each year. The MXLab also will be used to promote STEM related career paths at community events and provide professional development for educators.

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