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State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett says a mobile science lab dedicated Tuesday is an innovative way to provide science education while cutting cost.
The Science 2 Go Bus is a collaborative effort of the Elkhart school district, local businesses and a community foundation. It is the first mobile science lab owned by a school district in the country.
The renovated school bus is the brainchild of Dave Emery, the master science teacher in the Elkhart school district. With it, he can travel to each school and not only use it as a teaching tool for students, but as a training tool for teachers as well. Bennett was immediately impressed.
“What my first impression was as I walked in here, this is nicer than any science lab I ever taught in when I was a science teacher.”
The lab has tools like computers that can collect data and run experiments, temperature probes, motion sensors and microscopes with digital cameras that allow all students to see what’s under the microscope at the same time, instead of individually.
Bennett says the bus also allows the school district to keep up with science education at all its schools while facing budget cutbacks, an example he hopes other school corporations around the state will follow.