The Mobile STEM Lab
The Mobile STEM Lab is a complete teacher’s command center that enables teachers and students to make the most productive and efficient use of personal laptops or tablets in the classroom. In addition to providing each student with the power of a personal PC, it gives the teacher a set of easy-to-use tools to effectively monitor and manage all student computer usage, as well as push content to individual and/or the entire classroom’s laptops.
The Mobile STEM Lab also integrates with a range of presentation equipment, our student response system, and a selection of “Specialty Kits” including the NAO Robot, K’Nex Education and 3-D Modeling and Printing. It also serves as the perfect platform for any computer based educational programs, including web/game design, programming, robotics, reading intervention, CAD/CAM, video editing and much more.
Classroom management tools include:
- Monitor and control
- Screen blanking
- Teacher screen broadcasting
- Video and audio streaming
- Student demonstration
- File transfer and distribution
- Managing tests and quizzes
- Group collaboration
A+ STEM Labs believes that hands-on learning makes for memorable learning and greater retention of concepts. Our labs encourage students to act like “real scientists” by participating in experiments that use data they personally collect and sample from the world around them. All our STEM Labs for Science feature scientific probes and data loggers offered in configurations tailored for the needs of Elementary, Middle or High School students. We also offer a specially configured Pre-K version.
Each of our labs can support hundreds of grade-appropriate experiments. Here is a small sample of the types you will find:
Does light shine through everything?
Use light sensors to see how well light travels though different objects.
What makes the most noise?
Use sound sensors to measure changes in sound levels from different noises.
What happens when we exercise?
Use fever strips and a heart rate monitor to measure changes in pulse and temperature after vigorous activity.
How do different surfaces and colors reflect light?
Use light sensors to take measurements and compare.
How do different activities affect your heart rate?
Use the heart rate monitor to measure changes in your pulse.
How well do different sunglasses block out light?
Use light sensors to take measurements and compare.
How do different objects leave a heat signature?
Use an infrared sensor to measure the heat radiating from objects and left behind by them.
How well does the body regulate temperature?
Use a heat sensor to measure body temperature as it is exposed to changing environmental conditions.
Does voltage and current vary with load?
Connect a voltage sensor to a wind turbine and take measurements as the load changes. Chart the relationship.
What is the relationship between kinetic and electrical energy?
Use a spinning magnet and a voltage sensor to collect readings, then see how the power curve varies with speed of magnet, current and voltage.
What happens during an endothermic reaction?
Conduct a calorimetric experiment within an aqueous solution while measuring temperature changes.
How do different environmental and physical factors affect a plant’s ability to conduct transpiration?
Use a humidity sensor to find out.
The Lab for Literacy is a complete teacher’s command center that enables teachers and students to make the most productive and efficient use of personal laptops or tablets in the classroom, while helping to teach and reinforce basic reading principles. The Lab for Literacy provides the teacher with a set of easy-to-use tools to effectively Monitor, Guide and Control all student computer usage, and push content to individual students and/or the entire classroom.
All Labs for Literacy integrate a range of presentation equipment found in the highest tech classroom settings creating a turn-key multi-media learning environment.
The Lab for Literacy includes Reading Plus®, the leading national web-based silent reading intervention program that changes the way students read. A+ STEM has partnered with Reading Plus® for its breakthrough software that is aligned with the NYS common core standards and has helped thousands of elementary, middle and high school students reach grade level proficiency in reading. Reading Plus® assesses and differentiates students’ strengths and weaknesses. It assigns and dynamically adjusts training components to improve visual skills, vocabulary development, silent reading fluency and comprehension. The motivation to read is encouraged and supported through gaming features and 1st grade through college level text.
The Lab for Literacy also uses Maxscholar. The most comprehensive solution on the market that incorporates multi-sensory, phonics, reading and language-based programs. In addition to general education, Maxscholar is specifically designed to help students who have Dyslexia, learning disabilities, ADHD, processing problems, or who are struggling to learn to read.
Maxscholar programs use the proven research methods of the Orton-Gillingham approach, the Lindamood-Bell Process©, and other top phonics and reading comprehension strategies. The programs are fully adaptable to students Pre-K through college. A+ STEM Labs with Maxscholar are custom tailored for students with and without learning disabilities so you can rest assured your students are equipped with the best.
Readorium produces web-based educational software that aims to teach students reading comprehension skills through scientific text. We teach specific reading strategies through original articles and books that automatically adapt to students’ reading levels. We also aim to explain complex scientific concepts in fun, easy-to-grasp ways that instill in students a love of science, its history, and its methods. All our core content is supported by multimedia elements, including images, videos, music, and games, in order to create a multimodal learning environment. Frequent assessments allow us to adapt the text to students’ reading levels, as well as provide real-time feedback to educators. This data is supplemented by downloadable lesson plans that help teachers differentiate instruction to cater to the individual needs of students. Readorium is aligned with the Common Core and NGSS, as well as state standards.
Our special activity kits integrate seamlessly with A+ STEM Labs. Use them as a foundation for special classes, extra-curricular clubs and programs, and even summer science camps. All related software comes pre-loaded on your Lab’s student laptops.
The fully programmable NAO humanoid robot sparks imagination and engagement with students like few other tools. Through trial and error, and teamwork, students learn simple to complex coding that brings the robot “to life.” Beginners learn using NAO’s own software suite, called Choreographe, which offers an intuitive “drag and drop” interface, while advanced students can use C++ and Python to program the robot. Make him talk, walk, respond to commands, ask and answer questions, and even dance.
Zspace is a desktop-based, 3D virtual reality learning platform that allows students to immerse themselves within the worlds of science in an experiential way never before possible. Through the use of special software and Zspace glasses and stylus, students can see and manipulate life-like 3D models that support the study of biology, anatomy, physics and much more. In addition to providing a captivating experience that brings depth to the learning process, the use of Zspace is safer and less expensive than using physical equipment or cadaver animals, thereby making a wider range of subjects accessible within the classroom environment.
The popular Maker Movement represents the intersection of creativity and technology, where STEM (and STEAM) disciplines enable the physical creation of tangible objects. A+ STEM Lab’s 3D design and printing solution teaches students how to design, plan and build a product from raw idea to finished item, encouraging them to see the direct connection between abstract design and concrete end products. For students interested in industrial technology to engineering, art to architecture, exposure to 3D printing helps develop the very same skills these students will need in future careers.
K’Nex kits integrate mechanics, physics, and simple programming into fun and challenging activities that immerse students in hands-on learning. Students work together to create moving, motor assisted K’Nex creations, then apply programming logic to control the structures’ operation through a software interface. Few activities provide such a broad exposure to STEM related disciplines while generating as much enthusiasm from students.