The mobile lab is run by Santa Clara University students and has been making its first trips to South Bay schools over the past two months. According to Anne Mahacek, lab manager and research associate in the college’s school of engineering, the project started with funding from a nonprofit program called Makers4Good. With input from teachers from around the region, the Mobile Maker Lab developed curriculum for students in grades 7-9.
Lab Manager Anne Mahacek explains the benefits of a mobile lab:
Part of the reason for the trailer is this is new technology that a lot of schools want to incorporate in their class but might not have funding for it. This is a great way that we can go to the schools and introduce this tech to the students without each school having to have their own maker space.
The Lab brings resources to schools that cannot afford them in the current budget climate, thereby providing teens with access to tools that will help them keep up to date with the advances in technology and in manufacturing processes that will revolutionize our economy in the next few decades. Makers4Good is pleased to be able to assist Santa Clara University in these endeavors.