Innovate. Educate. Engage.

Join STEM professionals, educators and other partners from around the world at the premier venue to learn about innovative advances in informal science education. The Mobile Laboratory Coalition Conference will be July 25 – 28, 2017 in New Brunswick, NJ hosted by Rutgers University.

The Mobile Laboratory Coalition Conference is targeted at new and established STEM education programs – it is the premier venue to network with peers, seek advice, and share best practices with programs as unique as yours.

The conference includes plenary sessions, poster presentations, and workshops that address key topics. Examples of topics previously addressed:

  • Building a mobile laboratory
  • Engaging diverse learners
  • Identifying funding sources
  • Incorporating Next Generation Science Standards
  • Collecting meaningful evaluation data
  • Preparing your students for an evolving job market
  • Interfacing with your audience and incorporating technology into your teaching
  • Marketing your program

Register Today!

The Conference will be held July 25 – 28, 2017 at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center in New Brunswick, NJ.  To register for the conference, visit the Conference registration link.


Members- $350

Non Members- $400

1-Day Registration (7/26)- $200

1-Day Registration (7/27)- $200

School District Teachers (7/27 ONLY)- $50   *teachers are eligible for a $40 stipend check (provided at check-in)

Now Accepting Poster Presentation Abstracts

The 2017 MLCC conference planning committee invites you to be part of our agenda! We are accepting poster abstracts on a rolling basis until July 1st. All submissions should be made online.

2017 MLCC Presenter Travel Stipend Applications CLOSED

Thanks to funding from the National Institutes of Health, a limited number of travel stipends are available to cover airfare or other transportation costs associated with attending the conference (up to $500), if funds are not otherwise available. Stipends are only available to those who will be presenting a poster or workshop at the conference, there is a limit of two per program. Travel Stipend applications were due April 24th.

For the Travel Stipend Application Scoring Criteria, click here

Housing Information

Hotel rooms at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center can be booked today at a discounted rate. Please note that space is limited.

To reserve rooms at the discounted conference rate, use the group code 19147. Please note that this code applies only to the dates of the conference (July 25-28) when we have the group block reserved.You will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of one nights rental to secure your reservation. Please note that all guest rooms at the Rutgers University Inn have two beds (no kings).

If you would like to stay at the Rutgers University Inn before or after the conference, you will need to make a separate reservation. They offer discounted advance purchase rates, as well as standard rates. Please be sure to link the secondary reservation to your conference reservation by adding a note to your secondary reservation or calling, so that you can stay in the same room for the duration.

Rooms may be reserved by clicking here. Enter Group Code: 19147

Conference Sponsor

Conference Agenda
Tuesday, July 25

1:00pm-3:00pm Our visit to the Liberty Science Center!

Transportation will be provided from the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center, departing at 12:30pm. 

MLC Conference attendees joined other MLC colleagues for a visit to Liberty Science Center (, a 300,000-square-foot learning center located in Liberty State Park on the Jersey City bank of the Hudson near the Statue of Liberty. Dedicated to bringing the power, promise, and pure fun of science and technology to people of all ages, Liberty Science Center houses 12 museum exhibition halls, a live animal collection with 110 species, giant aquariums, a 3D theater, the world’s largest IMAX Dome Theater, live simulcast surgeries, a tornado-force wind simulator, K-12 classrooms and labs, and teacher-development programs. More than 650,000 students, teachers, and parents visit the Science Center each year, and tens of thousands more participate in the Center’s off-site and online programs.

Prepay for your discounted rate ticket to the Liberty Science Center when you register for the MLCC!   

Dinner on your own

Wednesday, July 26

7:30-8:30 am  Registration + Networking + Breakfast provided

8:30 – 9:30 am  Welcome + MLC Publication Discussion+ Introductions, Program Introductions Round One

9:30-10:30 am  PLENARY SESSION

Coffee Break

10:50-11:40 am  Concurrent Workshop Sessions

A: Jen Colvin Building the Right Mobile Lab: Crowdsourcing a Needs Assessment for Our Community

B: William Roden SENSE, THINK, MOVE: Neuroscience on Wheels

11:40-1:00pm  Lunch

1:00-1:50 pm PLENARY SESSION

2:00-2:50 pm Concurrent Workshops, Session

C: Sarah Weisberg What Defines Quality in Informal Science Education?

D: Oscar Contreras-Villarroel Co-designing a curriculum with teachers


3:30-5:00 pm Visit to the Marine and Coastal Science Building within walking distance

6:00-9:00 pm Networking Event + Dinner at Harvest Moon 392 George St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Thursday, July 27

8:00-8:45 am  Registration + Breakfast  Provided + Shuttle to the Math and Science Learning Center (MSLC)

8:45-9:00 am Welcome to the MSLC

9:10-10:00 am Concurrent Workshop Sessions

E: Dr. Carla Romney Science is Knowing What to Do When You Don’t Have an Answer: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations (PCOI)

F: Dr. Lauren Adamo Drilling into Science! A Petroleum and Oil Exploration

G: Michelle Ventura Soil Metagenomics: The Unseen World beneath Our Feet

10:20-11:00 am Program Introductions – Round Two at Life Science Atrium

11:00-12:00 am  Plenary Session

12:00pm-2:00 pm Poster Session Set-up + Food Truck Lunch + Mobile Lab Tours

2:00-2:50PM Workshop Sessions

H: Catrice Carter Power to the People! An exploration about engineering design

I: William Jacobs Designing and Building a State-of-the-Art Mobile STEM Lab

J: Dr. Benedetta Naglieri Using technology and game-based learning to teach the engineering design process

3:00-4:30PM Poster Session and Reception 

4:45 Shuttle back to Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center

Adjourn Dinner on your own

Friday, July 28

8:00-9:00 am  Annual MLC Business Meeting + Breakfast Provided

9:00-10:00 am Plenary Session

10:00-10:20 am Program Introductions – Round Three

10:00-10:20 am  Coffee Break + Transition

10:30am-11:20 pm Concurrent Workshops

K: Dr. Ben Dubin-Thaler Get Started with Your Mobile Lab

L: Janee Pelletier Messaging Your Mobile Lab Program for Glory, Fame, & Funding

11:30- 12:20 pm Concurrent Workshops

M: Lori Harvey The Scope of STEM And Diversity – Engaging Girls in STEM

N: Julie Legault Engineering Biology hands-on! Discover Easy, Portable Biotechnology

12:20 pm Adjourn