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Teachers Invited to Tour New QMC Mobile STEM Lab in May & June

Hampton, CT – Connecticut teachers are invited to tour EASTCONN’s new Quinebaug Middle College (QMC) Mobile STEM Laboratory during free “Show and Tell” events in May and June at EASTCONN’s Conference Center, 376 Hartford Turnpike, Hampton.

These special events are intended for teachers of students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. 

Teachers may attend “Show and Tell” sessions on Fri., May 27, 2016, from 9 -11 a.m., or from 3-5 p.m.; or on Thurs., June 16, from 9-11 a.m., or 1-3 p.m.

“We just want to share this wonderful science resource with teachers across our region, to give them an idea of what they – and their students – can expect if the QMC Mobile STEM Lab travels to their school next year,” said EASTCONN science teacher Stacey Watson, who coordinates the Mobile STEM Lab

Teachers will be invited to try out the STEM Lab’s high-tech scientific instruments and equipment, as well as learn about the STEM Lab’s curricula (all the lessons for which are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards) and field trip options for students. The QMC Mobile STEM Laboratory, which is 40 feet long, can be moved from site to site, but will be parked at EASTCONN’s Conference Center for the “Show and Tell” sessions. 


Three years ago, a $12-million Magnet School Assistance Program (MSAP) made it possible for EASTCONN and one of its magnet high schools to envision and build a mobile STEM laboratory that would serve not only QMC students, but students in K-12 schools across the region. The STEM lab would travel across the region and improve student access to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning, and enable students at smaller schools with fewer resources to conduct sophisticated experiments on board the STEM Lab, both in school parking lots, and during field trips to parks, vernal pools, forests or fields.

The STEM Lab provides work stations for up to 20 students, as well as an electron microscope, compound microscopes, Vernier probes, interior and exterior flat-screen TV monitors, a sophisticated weather observation station, iPads for data collection and analysis, and basic science lab equipment. The lab’s Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and STEM-based curriculum includes sections on watershed and water health, climate change, ecosystems and biodiversity. Each can be customized.

To learn more, or pre-register for the “Show and Tell” events, visit www.eastconn.org/stemonthemove, and click on Coming Events in the menu. Contact QMC Mobile STEM Lab Coordinator Stacey Watson at swatson@eastconn.org, or call her at 860-455-1508.

EASTCONN is a public, non-profit, Regional Educational Service Center that has been serving the education needs of northeastern Connecticut students, schools and communities since 1980. Visit www.eastconn.org

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