STEM Lab, Mobile Demonstrations Now Part of the Mix

Texas City High School chemistry teacher Emily Stafford, center, shows students Rubi Segundo and Zach Serna how to use some of their new equipment for an assignment.

Students learn about energy inside the Mobile Energy Resource Lab.

Putting the wonders of science into the hands of students can be accomplished in different ways, and that is certainly true in Texas, where two approaches have recently been put into action.

In Texas City, a STEM lab was installed at Texas City High School. The supplies and equipment were made possible by a grant through the DowGives Community Grant Program.

Meanwhile, the Calhoun County Independent School District (CCISD) unveiled its new Mobile Energy Resource Lab (MERL), a 22-foot trailer that has been transformed into a mobile classroom showcasing solar, wind, biofuels and other sustainable energy solutions. MERL will spend time at each CCISD campus, as well as other local community education events as appropriate.

MERL was unveiled on May 19 as part of Sustainability Day, in which Seadrift Operations partnered with Calhoun County and CCISD to celebrate the environment. The event showcased projects funded by The Dow Chemical Company Foundation over the past few years and included tours of the Dow Sustainability Center and free recycling of electronics.

The Sustainability Center, which opened its doors in 2011, is a recycling and environmental education facility open to the public for education and recycling drop off.  CCISD uses the facility as a field trip destination to enhance learning in STEM fields.

The electronics recycling collection held in conjunction with the celebration event collected 6,460 pounds of computers, monitors, printers, microwaves, fax machines and phones in just three hours.

This 22-foot trailer has been transformed into the Mobile Energy Resource Lab, a classroom on wheels showcasing solar, wind, biofuels and other sustainable energy solutions.