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Central Minnesota gets science on wheels


Science Express
Courtesy of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
Science Express, St. Cloud State University’s mobile science lab.

St. Cloud State University rolled out a mobile science lab this week, driving hands-on lessons in science, technology, engineering and math to K-12 students in Central Minnesota.

The first stop is at Sauk Rapids Rice Middle School.

The lab, called Science Express, is intended to enhance the curriculum of schools that lack the equipment and facilities to adequately cover such topics as Lyme disease, bacterial tactics for remediating oil spills, DNA profiling and laser optics.

In addition to the laboratory, Science Express features a fully integrated audio/video system with VHS/DVD, wireless network, satellite Internet and two 42-inch plasma television screens.

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Medtronic donated the 53-foot-long semi trailer, and it was retrofitted with the help of Innovative Laboratory Systems of Rockford, 3M and Everything Signs of Holdingford. Funding for the project came from the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Bioscience Initiative, the Morgan Family Foundation of Yellow Springs, Ohio, and other sources.