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Using a Mobile Laboratory to Promote College-Level Outreach and Graduate Student Engagement in Precollege STEM Literacy

    Authors: Patricia Irizarry-Barreto1,2,*, Susan Coletta1,3, Kathleen Scott1,4
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    Affiliations: 1: Math and Science Learning Center, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901; 2: Office of STEM Education, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901; 3: Waksman Institute, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ 08854; 4: School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
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    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. March 2018 vol. 19 no. 1 doi:10.1128/jmbe.v19i1.1438
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    Abstract:

    This article presents a case study about the impact that our mobile laboratory, the Rutgers Science Explorer bus, has had on the professional development of graduate students and content enrichment for the middle school communities in the state of New Jersey.

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This article presents a case study about the impact that our mobile laboratory, the Rutgers Science Explorer bus, has had on the professional development of graduate students and content enrichment for the middle school communities in the state of New Jersey.

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The Rutgers Science Explorer is a 40-foot-long Blue Bird bus that was custom designed to be a STEM laboratory. A) Exterior of the Rutgers Science Explorer. B) Interior of the Rutgers Science Explorer.

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. March 2018 vol. 19 no. 1 doi:10.1128/jmbe.v19i1.1438
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Outbreak Unit: Materials developed to conduct a clinical microbiology exploration where students identify two different bacteria causing outbreaks in the human population in New Jersey. A) Microbes guide ( Appendix 2 ). B) A 6-well plate before test (clear) and after test (pink and yellow results are obtained by adding one drop of pH indicator). C) Paper simulation of API strip.

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. March 2018 vol. 19 no. 1 doi:10.1128/jmbe.v19i1.1438
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Rutgers Science Explorer graduate students by STEM discipline ( = 80).

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. March 2018 vol. 19 no. 1 doi:10.1128/jmbe.v19i1.1438
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Career pathways taken by graduate students who have participated in the Rutgers Science Explorer program ( = 80).

Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. March 2018 vol. 19 no. 1 doi:10.1128/jmbe.v19i1.1438
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