Opening in Silicon Valley Today
Online PR News – 13-May-2013 – San Jose, CA – Announcing Funtropolis Inc, Mobile Education Trucks, a new organization that will soon operate a fleet of custom mobile labs designed to deliver fun, hands-on science, technology, engineering and math at no charge to students in underserved communities and area homeless shelters. http://www.funtropolis.org
Each Mobile Education Truck will feature a genre of STEM that is completely different from the rest of the labs in the fleet. Students will learn everything from computer programming to DNA analysis, and robot design to the science of cooking. The experiences will take place inside trailers that are 30 feet in length, where 2 Innovators will teach small groups of students during rotating sessions.
The roaming labs will enable children as young as five to sample, tinker, modify and create, using tools and technology previously reserved for college students, scientists and engineers.
Scientific Adventures is the first in a fleet of six planned mobile labs, and will feature on-board biology, bio-technology and physics experiments. Beginning May 10, 2013, reservations for school visits can be arranged on their website for dates after January 2014.
The idea was conceived by two Silicon Valley moms who shared the dream of one day opening a family-focused museum. Amy Mendenhall, Ph. D (a scientist) and Liz Guthrie (a leader in the nonprofit industry) decided the best way to serve their local community was to go mobile. Guthrie explains "By delivering science, technology, engineering and math from a fleet of mobile labs, we hope to inspire hundreds of local kids to be the next generation of STEM innovators.”
Adds Mendenhall (whose children enjoy being test subjects for her own home-grown science experiments), “We are preparing them for careers that will not only improve their lives, but also secure a better future for our local economy.”
The rest of the founding team consists of engineers, educators, scientists, and parents from the bay area.
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