Programs/Experiments

Thank you for for partnering with the Innovation Mobile Lab.  The lab will be available for your school the entire day so please invite other teachers to participate.  Please complete the following information to reserve the Mobile Lab and return it no later than 30 days prior to the requested visit.  

Note:  Individual reservation forms must be submitted by each teacher for each class that would like to participate .  

Innovation Programs are designed for 45-60 minutes and will be conducted outdoors or inside a classroom weather permitting. Contact us through innovationdirectornc@gmail.com with any questions. Please fill out the webform below to request a visit from the Innovation Mobile Lab. 

Innovation Programs

Middle and High School

In this experiment, students will experience electricity and conductivity through lab resources like Snap Circuits and Makey Makey. Students will learn to follow blueprints and build their own circuits, and then discover what common household items are conductive. This activity will teach them about electrical engineering and scientific concepts.

Middle and High School

In this experiment, students will measure the mass and volume of metal cubes to discover their densities. With graduated cylinders and water, students will calculate the volume change upon adding different metal cubes and compare the densities for different metals. This activity will teach them about mathematics and the structure of matter.

Middle and High School

In this experiment, students will code with colors and learn about visual programming. Ozobots are small robots with cameras that will follow color codes and respond to different color patterns. This activity will teach students about computer programming and engineering concepts.

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Create Your Own Program!

If you have an idea for a program or a specific need, contact us so that we may collaborate and design a program to offer on our innovation mobile lab.

Available Resources and Equipment:

Sphero Mini, Wonder Workshop Cues, Ozobots, Snap Circuits, Makey Makey, 3D Pens and 3D Printer, Lenovo VR, Microeye Microscope, Fischer Scientific Microscopes, LEGOs, Brain Flakes, Magnetic Blocks, Zoobz, K’Nex, Kinetic Sand, Rock Samples, Scales and Balances, Hot Plates, Chemicals and more!

 

Ozobots:  A window into the future of robots.  It enables and empowers students to code in every classroom.  It creates a door into programming. 

 

Snap Circuits® teaches basic engineering, electronics and circuitry concepts by using building components with snaps to assemble electronic circuits on a simple “rows-and-columns” base grid. The resulting projects function like the printed circuit board found in most electronic products.

 

Sphero provides a STEAM-based tool set unbounded in its potential. Sphero uses programmable robots and STEM kits to foster students’ creativity through discovery and play while laying the foundation for computer science and other STEM fundamentals.

 

The award-winning Cue robot is designed for kids who have an interest in coding. Cue will help them transition from block-based code to state-machine and text-based programming.

 

Makey Makey -First set up takes seconds. Start out easy with a banana piano. Then create game controllers, invent musical instruments, make voting machines, and light up paper circuits. Connect Makey Makey to the world of things around you, and the possibilities are endless!

 

Innovation Mobile Lab Visit Sign Up Form

The School hereby agrees to complete the following prior to the visit:
  1. Return the Franklin County Innovation Mobile Lab Agreement signed on the School’s/Site’s behalf by authorized personnel.
  2. Return parent permission forms (if applicable):
    1. Photo Release for child to be photographed while participating in activities;
    2. Parental Consent for child to answer survey questions about activities;
  3. Review the Bus Safety Rules with students before entering the bus.
  4. During the Innovation Mobile Lab visit, the School/Site agrees:
    1. The bus will arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to its scheduled visit and the authorized School/Site representative responsible will coordinate activities with the Innovation Mobile Lab staff.
    2. Students who visit the Innovation Mobile Lab bus shall be accompanied by a teacher/staff member responsible for their supervision and safety at all times during the visit. The teacher/staff member will instruct students to comply with safety rules and will address any disciplinary issues, including removing a student from the bus, if necessary.
    3. In consideration of the learning opportunity offered by Innovation Mobile Labs, the School/Site hereby agrees to indemnify and hold the Franklin County United Way harmless from any claims or damages arising from the visit.
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