The Science in Motion program brings science education right to your school.
Part of the Pennsylvania Basic Ed/Higher Ed Science and Technology Partnership, our program focuses on encouraging and improving science education and instruction in the secondary schools throughout our region.
Mobile educators go to high school classrooms to help teachers with laboratory experiments to further develop the science education in area schools.
To request a Science in Motion lab, you must:
- Be in a secondary school (grades 7-12) within a 60-mile radius of Susquehanna
- Be able to do these experiments and equipment
- Submit an accurate and complete reservation form at least two weeks before a requested SIM visit or equipment drop
- Specify the experiment you wish to perform from the list of available labs
- Specify the dates when you will use the equipment during a drop to maximize distribution of equipment
- Have attended a SIM training workshop in the past three years to borrow equipment
You may borrow equipment for up to two weeks. Once you're received the equipment, you'll need to:
- Contact SIM immediately if you have a problem
- Return equipment in the same condition as when it was loaned
- Repackage equipment in its original containers to return it
- Complete the mobile lab evaluation form
You must submit a reservation form at least two weeks before the date of the visit/loan.
Please be specific about the experiment or equipment needed, and provide details about the visit or equipment drop-off. When requesting an arrival time, allow 45-60 minutes for the mobile educators to set up the lab.
If you need to change or cancel your visit, contact the mobile educator ASAP at 570-372-4780. Dates fill up fast and rescheduling becomes more difficult the longer you wait. Please be courteous if you wish to cancel a visit or equipment drop. Another teacher may want the date if you don't.
Until we have a properly completed form, your date is not reserved. If you do not want to lose your date, get the form in quickly!
If a mobile educator is not available on a date you would like, keep in mind that you can use the equipment as a loan as well! You can borrow equipment for a maximum of two weeks.
The mission of the Pennsylvania Basic Ed/Higher Ed Science and Technology Partnership at Susquehanna University is to encourage and improve science instruction and education in the secondary schools in our region.
To accomplish this mission, we provide free to local high school science teachers a van equipped with the latest technology and a trained certified secondary science teacher to assist in teaching the labs.
We also provide professional development opportunities for teachers through summer workshops, as well as daylong seminars and dinner meeting activities during the academic year.
In addition, these activities facilitate teacher networking and the development of new curricula across the region.
The partnership effectively addresses the three greatest challenges to excellent science education: access to technologically advanced resources, good professional development for teachers and the development and facilitation of good science curricula.
Cherokee Pharmaceuticals, LLC, a subsidiary of PRWT Services, Inc., has generously supported the Science in Motion program at Susquehanna University in the form of a $10,000 grant. The grant was used to purchase new laptop computers to expand SIM offerings and replace antiquated technology.
ConAgra Foods in Milton, Pa., has generously donated equipment twice to Science in Motion. Equipment includes Iso Temp ovens, glassware drying racks, autoclave, glass condenser assemblies, FT-IR spectrophotometer, steam washer and non-digital balance.
Merck Company Foundation
The Merck Company Foundation has generously pledged support for the Science in Motion program at Susquehanna University in the form of a $76,000 grant. A portion of these funds was used to purchase three infrared Spectrophotometers (FTIRs). The remaining funds were earmarked for a thermocycler, digital camcorders and math/physics equipment.
Chesapeake Bay Commission
The Chesapeake Bay Commission generously pledged support for the Susquehanna University Science in Motion (SIM) Water Quality Project in the form of a $25,000 grant. The goal of this project is to engage secondary science students who reside along the branches of the Susquehanna River in real and meaningful data collection and reporting concerning water quality.