Innovation on Wheels: District Debuts Mobile Units for 21St-Century Learning


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"It is almost like we are throwing the fish net out now for our students, so we are trying to learn our students first before we go in-depth with the other concepts."

That's what a South Carolina school district is doing with a pair of mobile STEM-related buses, the State reports.

The Pilgrim's Mobile STEM Explorer, which is equipped with computers, 3D printers, mini-drones, LEGO, robotics, and more, is visiting schools in the Sumter School District to teach students about science, technology, engineering, and math.

A cybersecurity unit is also on board.

"A teacher's class was scheduled to come and see me during their recess time, and they came in and were upset about that," district Cyber Security Instructional Specialist Aaron Johnson tells the State.

"But after I was done with them, they did not care that they missed their recess because they actually had fun with the cybersecurity lesson."

He says it's "almost like we are throwing the fish net out now for our students, so we are trying to learn our students first before we go in-depth with the other concepts."

Next school year, both buses will be visiting schools at the same time, and the goal is for every district student to have

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