MCCSC STEM Bus becomes reality

BLOOMINGTON – After years of hard work by so many individuals and the help from numerous donors; the Monroe County Community School Corporation’s dream of an innovative mobile STEM lab has become a reality.

It will provide equitable access to STEAM and Computer Science education to all Pre K-6th grade students. It will travel to all MCCSC Elementary schools twice a year, providing robotics and engineering lessons to all students that encourage collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.

Classroom teachers help facilitate lessons and have the option to check out materials for the follow-up lessons. 

A few interesting features include tables and bench seating for teachers to hold instruction, black countertops to resemble a science lab, white cabinets are dry erase so students can make notes while working or teachers can write where materials are located, there is a wheelchair lift so all students can access the lab, the floor is a made of non-slip dark rubber for better traction, the bus is wifi capable for students to use iPads while working, and solar panels on top of the bus for energy efficiency. 

MCCSC would like to thank the following donors:

  • CenterPoint Energy
  • Boston Scientific
  • Catalent Biologics
  • Duke Energy
  • HFI – Harrell-Fish Incorporated
  • Raymond Foundation
  • Regional Opportunity Initiatives, Inc.
  • Smithville
  • State Farm
  • Bloomington Urban Enterprise Association – Indiana
  • Old National Bank
  • SIRA (Southern Indiana Radiological Associates)
  • Monroe Owen County Medical Society