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Schedule and Sessions

Monday, July 11   

3:00 - 5:00 pm

Early Check-In/Conference Registration at Learning Undefeated 

6:00 - 8:00 pm

Drop-In Happy Hour

Tuesday, July 12   

8:00 - 9:00 am

Registration and Networking

  • Continental Breakfast Provided

  • Exhibitor tables setup

9:00 - 10:30 am

Welcome & Introductions

  • Keynote Session: The STEM Workforce of the Future: Skills, Content, and Aptitudes Needed in 2030 and Beyond 

10:45 - 11:30 am

Session Breakouts

  • Session A: Microlearning Session #1

    • Program Sustainability: Three Ideas

      • Building a Mutually Beneficial Partnership between Local Astronomy Club and University Observatory

      • BioBus Pop-Up Labs: The Space In Between

      • Simplified Learning: Relating the Unknown to the Known

  • Session B: Workshop

    • Building a Mobile Lab 101: Mobile Trailer Design and Fabrication

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Lunch with Program Mix & Mingle (part 1)

  • Programs with names beginning A - M will each be provided with an informal display table. Come by and say hello, and learn about our member programs! 

1:30 - 2:30 pm

Mobile Lab Rodeo Preview Session

  • What's on tap for the biggest mobile lab event this side of the Mississippi? Learn about each vehicle that will be on display including time to build, budget considerations, capacity, and functionality.

2:30 - 3:30 pm

Break & Set-Up for Mobile Lab Rodeo (exhibitors only)

Exhibitor tables removal (overnight security is not provided)

3:30 - 5:30 pm

Mobile Lab Rodeo + Ice Cream Break

  • Come and see eight different mobile STEM labs, from vans to expandible trailers and everything in between. Participating mobile lab demos include vehicles from Learning Undefeated, Farber Specialty Vehicles, Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research, Triune Specialty Vehicles, and Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation.

6:00 pm

Dinner on your own

  • Gather a few old friends -- or new friends made today -- for a casual dinner. Many great restaurants are located in our town center, a list will be provided in your conference materials!

Wednesday, July 13   

8:00 - 9:00 am

Registration and Networking

  • Continental Breakfast Provided

9:00 - 10:00 am

Session Breakouts

  • Session A: Program Evaluation Discussion Roundtable

    • What are some best practices in program evaluation? How are other member programs using evaluation data to shape their programs and demonstrate efficacy? Hear from peers about successes and challenges, and apply your own lens to this important topic. 

  • Session B: Workshop

    •  Responding to COVID: Re-Design + Relaunch Planning (to be confirmed)

10:15 - 11:30 am

Keynote Panel Session

  • What Teachers Need Now: Educator Perspectives on How Informal Science Programs Can Best Support Teachers & Students in the New Normal

11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Lunch with Program Mix & Mingle (part 2)

  • Programs with names beginning N - Z will each be provided with an informal display table. Come by and say hello, and learn about our member programs! 

1:30 - 2:15 pm

Session Breakouts

  • Session A: Microlearning Session #2

    • Emphasizing Inclusivity: Three Perspectives 

      • SEL in STEM

      • Promoting Meaningful Participation Through Involvement of Teen Volunteers in Mobile Lab Programming

      • Strategies for Diversity & Inclusivity

  • Session B: Workshop

    • Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events Training 

2:30 - 3:30 pm

Keynote Session

  • Culturally Relevant Teaching 

4:00 pm

Paddle Boat Floatilla 

  • Gather a group of 4 for a float around the lake! Paddle boats depart from the boardwalk dock terminal, outside of Silver Diner. Or, just watch from the boardwalk while enjoying a coffee, gelato, or cupcake, or enjoy the 0.8-mile walking loop.


8:00 pm

Moonlight Tour of Washington, DC Monuments (optional and pre-registration required)

Thursday, July 14

8:00 - 8:45 am

Presenter Set Up for Curriculum Show & Tell

8:45 - 9:30 am

Breakfast & MLC Business Meeting 

  • Breakfast will be set up in the foyer outside the meeting room; nonmembers are invited to enjoy breakfast in the second-floor lobby space.

  • The business meeting is open to MLC members only.

9:30 - 11:00 am

Curriculum Showcase

  • Explore a wide variety of mobile lab curricula, activities, and ideas in this self-paced session. Each activity will be demonstrated and presenters will be available to answer your questions in a one-on-one format.

    • Biotech Goes Mobile through DIY Electrophoresis Kits

    • Career-Focused “Secret Missions”

    • Contour AR Sandbox

    • Forensic Science: How Science is Used to Solve Crimes & Solve Mysteries

    • Microscopic Communities: Interdisciplinary Exploration of Microbiota

    • Salk's Mobile Science Lab - Discovery DNA

    • Seattle Children’s Research Institute Curriculum Modules for Mobile and Onsite Laboratories

    • Teaching Subjects Outside Your Wheelhouse; Presenting Oral Health Science Modules Developed with Colgate-Palmolive

    • Texas Mobile STEM Labs Program K-8 Engineering Design Challenges

    • Simplified Learning: Relating boring things to fun things

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Closing Keynote Roundtable: Mobile Laboratory Coalition 2.0 - Charting the Future

12:00 pm

Departure - safe travels and see you next year!

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