We had this amazing opportunity last month to explore the Curiosity Cube™—a 22×10-foot, retrofitted shipping container that has been transformed into a mobile science lab. It was amazing, the kids learned so much and they had a blast doing it.
I am such a supporter of STEM and love to share my interest in STEM,. This program is through MilliporeSigma—a global life science company with facilities in Bellevue and Seattle—is engaging students in interactive, hands-on science experiments.
Here is how our hour of STEM went:
The Curiosity Cube was set up for learning about a human cell. What makes up a cell and the different cells in our bodies. They first got to take a virtual tour of the cells.
Then they looked at these super amazing microscopes and had to solve some riddles about cells.
Miles, who hates learning about the body actually participated in everything, even touching the fake fat.
They programmed some chains
And they shared some ideas for the next Curiosity Cube.
I was so impressed and highly recommend this free event.
Curiosity Cube is on tour, when will it be in your area?
Laramie, WY, July
Madison, WI, July
Sheboygan, WI, July
Milwaukee, WI, August
Cleveland, OH, August
Toronto, CA, August
Bellefonte, PA, September
Allentown, PA, September
Jaffrey, NH, September
Boston, MA, October
Rockville, MD, November
For the exact locations and dates check the Curiosity Cube™—.
Who does it reach?
· In 2018, the Curiosity Cube™ will visit more than 100 communities in the U.S. and Canada, aiming to reach 50,000 students.
· MilliporeSigma’s Curiosity Cube™ brings hands-on learning experiences and tools to students who might not otherwise have access, such as those at lower-resourced schools.
· Cities on the Curiosity Cube’s™ second annual tour includes San Diego, Houston, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Seattle, Milwaukee, Cleveland, Toronto and Boston.
How has the Cube impacted students and teachers?
· In 2017, MilliporeSigma’s Curiosity Cube™ engaged more than 38,000 students in 85 communities around the U.S. A survey of students following their experience reinforces the positive impact:
77 percent of students said they were more interested in science after visiting the Curiosity Cube™.
74 percent of visitors said they now feel “more curious.”
95 percent of students who visited the Curiosity Cube™ increased their understanding of life science terminology—and 76 percent were able to answer the question “What does the cerebellum control?” correctly.
· The Curiosity Cube™ was well received by participating schools and teachers in 2017. Among those surveyed:
100 percent of schools said they would like to participate again.
100 percent of teachers said the Curiosity Cube™ created a fun learning environment for their students.
81 percent of teachers indicated their students continued to integrate content learned from the Curiosity Cube™ into their discussions.
How can teachers and schools get involved?
· Schools interested in hosting MilliporeSigma’s Curiosity Cube™ can complete a form at www.thecuriositycube.com.