Hitting the road on the STEM Bus West Coast Tour

The STEM Bus has recently driven 3,234 miles through Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, and Nevada on its West Coast Tour. The vibrant 60-foot STEM Bus quickly becomes a symbol of innovation to the communities and schools it visits – bringing the field trip to the school. Check out these awesome recaps of our visits.

A Bus visit begins with a high-energy assembly. There's music, an emcee, smoke machines, and even a full-size human robot! Assemblies feature a ‘rockstar’ setup including: a stage, sound system, camera, banners, TV monitors, and the latest technology used in the demonstrations. The STEM Bus Mobile Lab reaches as many as 450 students in a typical daylong visit. Offerings are rotated frequently so that students experience the best in STEM innovations. 

The STEM Bus Mobile Lab is a signature offering for STEM Revolution. Over 20 hands-on, interactive exhibits are at the heart of the STEM Bus Mobile Lab experience. These feature the latest technology including video-game programming, robotics, biotech, virtual reality and circuitry activities - helping to make STEM learning fun for all students.

The STEM Bus West Coast Tour directly interacted with 3,783 children and adults, making one unforgettable experience. The STEM Bus was excitedly welcomed to every community it visited. Check out all the social media buzz it received.

 
 

The tour was made possible by the very generous funding of the Micron Foundation, and in fact several stops along the tour were at Micron facilities. Both employees and their families were able to enjoy the bus and everything it has to offer. 

"Our primary mission at the Micron Foundation is to spark a passion for STEM education in youth, in the hopes of helping develop next-generation engineers. We're thrilled to partner to enable this mobile science lab to help accomplish this goal," stated Dee Mooney, executive director, Micron Foundation. “There is no other project that we do that fulfills our mission so completely.” 

The Micron Foundation was one of the first to sponsor a STEM Bus, and three years ago the Foundation made a $675,000 commitment to the program. They have been a tremendous partner and I look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.

The STEMBus is not just about fun and games, though. A study by Jean Anne Incorvia, a Postdoctoral fellow from Stanford University, revealed that after experiencing a STEM Bus visit 75% of the students indicated they wanted to become involved in STEM – the very fields that will dominate the job market of the future.

Interested in having the STEMBus come to your community? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

Dr. Lorna Finman

A former NASA astronaut candidate with a passion for inspiring students to pursue careers in STEM fields, Dr. Lorna Finman established an award winning STEM Charter School, engineering summer camps in multiple cities and STEMbusUSA.org, a high tech non-profit that reaches 40,000 students per year with its mobile discovery lab, and high energy STEM demonstration at their school. A recipient of the Innovator of the Year award for her selfless volunteer work with students, Dr. Finman recently kicked off a new venture as a technical director and mentor for the NASA Project DaVinci Cubesat for global outreach in STEM education. Dr. Finman, a Master’s and Doctoral graduate of Stanford University in Physics, took her passion for encouraging students to a new level when she established the Governor’s STEM Action Center where she remains a founding board member and active advocate for STEM outreach. With one patent to her credit and multiple awards from the United States military for innovation in troop safety, and strategic defenses, Dr. Finman is the CEO for LCF Enterprises, a high-tech engineering firm in the Northwest USA. In her accomplished career, she was program manager for the Sunshield corporation, and technical director of Raytheon’s multi-million-dollar Research and Development Program.