The EASTCONN Mobile STEM Lab offers students and teachers a unique setting in which to discover – or rediscover – the exciting worlds of science, technology, engineering and math. Our staff have designed and vetted curricular modules that make experiments from our laboratory appropriate for the pre-K – 12 classroom. Please note, students in grades pre-K – 2nd grade conduct STEM activities in the classroom, not on the Mobile STEM Lab. Our modules allow students to use the latest technology to tackle some of today’s most challenging questions. They also emphasize problem-solving and require students of all ages to analyze data and form and test hypotheses. Continue reading to learn about a sampling of the educational modules that we currently offer on the EASTCONN Mobile STEM Lab. Please click here to see our EASTCONN Mobile STEM Lab brochure.
EASTCONN Mobile STEM Lab
In 2013, a federal, $12-million Magnet School Assistance Program (MSAP) grant made it possible for seven eastern Connecticut schools, including EASTCONN’s magnet high school, Quinebaug Middle College (QMC), to envision and build a mobile STEM Laboratory. The QMC Mobile STEM Lab serves the learning needs of QMC students in grades 9-12, acting as a tool for improving student access to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning. But the Lab is also capable of visiting small pre-K-12 schools that have limited resources, sharing the lab’s sophisticated, state-of-the-art equipment for conducting experiments both in schools’ back yards, and/or on field trips to sites like vernal pools and forests.
Created in 1980 under Connecticut General Statute 10-66a, EASTCONN is a public, non-profit, Regional Educational Service Center. EASTCONN exists to provide high-quality, competitively priced educational and related services to 36 member Boards of Education and the 33 communities they serve in northeastern Connecticut. We are governed by a Board of Directors, who are members of locally elected Boards of Education. Our funding comes from the fees we charge for our services, supplemented by competitively awarded grants and contracts.
EASTCONN’s mission is to initiate, support and facilitate partnerships, collaborations and regional solutions that are responsive to the needs of all learners through exemplary programs, products and services.
Quinebaug Middle College
QMC is a magnet high school for motivated, non-traditional students in grades 9-12. Located on the campus of Quinebaug Valley Community College (QVCC) in Danielson, Connecticut, QMC offers exciting learning paths and opportunities for students interested in both the STEM fields and the Humanities. QMC’s curriculum is aligned with QVCC programs and career opportunities, so that students can work toward their QMC high school degree and attend QVCC college classes and earn free credits from QVCC.
The mission of QMC is to provide a challenging, personalized, comprehensive learning environment that fosters the skills, knowledge, habits, and individual discipline necessary for students from diverse backgrounds to realize their ambitions and contribute in a positive, meaningful way to their community and culture.
EASTCONN administers QMC for a partnership of school districts across northeastern Connecticut. QMC is also part of the Connecticut State Department of Education's interdistrict magnet school initiative, which seeks to reduce, eliminate or prevent the racial, ethnic or economic isolation of public school students, while offering a high-quality curriculum that supports educational improvement.