The STEM Bus
Fayette County Public Schools
The STEM Bus Journey
Mobile learning labs have gradually become more and more popular in the last few years. This dream, all started with a crazy idea in the technology department at Fayette County Public Schools. We wanted to provide elementary students in Fayette County the opportunity to have a hands-on STEM lab and makerspace field trip come to them at no cost to the school. The Office of Instructional Technology decided to get an old bus from transportation and make it over into a learning space. A local non-profit organization dedicated to promoting technology in education, The Kloiber Foundation, hopped on-board to provide grant funding of $124,000 to refurbish and design the bus. In conjunction with NOMI Design, the bus began its journey from a 40 foot school bus into a 21st century learning space equipped with the latest technology and STEM resources for students.
"With a cost far cheaper than outfitting every school with these resources, the STEM Bus should provide many schools who lack the funding, the opportunity to utilize new and innovative teaching tools that would otherwise be out of reach." ~The Kloiber Foundation
The Current State
The STEM Bus is under final construction but should be rolling out to schools in Fayette County by February 2019. In its first year of implementation, The STEM Bus will be targeting third grade students in Fayette County giving several schools the opportunity to experience The STEM Bus. Also, be on the look out for STEM Bus appearances at community events this spring and summer, like The Lexington Legends STEM Education Days.
The future goal of the STEM Bus is to provide all elementary students with the opportunity to engage in 21st century hands-on learning experiences aligned with a STEM career field. Through hands-on field trips to elementary schools and appearances throughout the community, we will be expanding from third graders to include other elementary grade levels.