STEM on Wheels

STEM on Wheels

The University of Bridgeport – Discovery Museum STEM on Wheels bus is a mobile laboratory, which offers hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) experiences for area K-12 classrooms.

During the academic school year, University of Bridgeport (UB) College of Engineering, Business and Education faculty and students and Discovery Museum staff travel to area elementary, middle and high schools and immerse students in exciting, interactive activities using technology typically not available in most classrooms.

During the first year pilot (2018-2019), the activities will include:

Dash is a robot, children can code to dance, sing and respond to voices and sound.  Students learn basic coding practices by programming movements and sound for Dash through a series of iPad apps. Dash’s head and body are covered in lights and can also see, hear and speak in limited ways.  This physical toy allows children to connect with mental models of what coding is, as well as learn specific coding languages so that they are prepared for further study if they wish.

Students design a tool for use in space by astronauts on the International Space Station. As in real-world engineering, the tool must meet specific requirements.  Students learn basic concepts related to engineering and material design and 3-D printing.

Mechatronics is a branch of engineering that combines both electronics and mechanical engineering.  Students use Arduino microcontroller kits to learn the fundamentals of mechatronics.  From triggering LED light patterns to control the rotation, range, and speed of servomotors to simulate a robot’s motions, students will be encouraged to experiment with this engaging technology.

Hundreds of satellites orbit the Earth and their data used every day for car navigation, telephones, and broadcasts.  Satellites also monitor and collect environmental information from climate change, ocean health, global forest fires and flood warnings.  Students will learn to download and use Landsat satellite data to conduct their own urban and landscape evolution studies.

Where in the world is that satellite!  Students learn about the different types of satellites, their orbits and how to determine a satellite’s location in space.  Students will use AGI STK software to learn to track satellites, create satellite constellations and how to position ground stations on Earth to communicate with those satellites.

Students learn how X-ray technology can be used in real world applications such as imaging mice for cancer and bone research studies, fish for environmental studies, seeds for viability, detonators for safe mine blasts and fruits and vegetables for quality control. The system can x-ray small articles like currency bills or flowers in an automatic and safe, self-contained x-ray cabinet. They will gain an understanding of how X-ray technology works to enhance health care, the environment, crops and many facets of day-to-day life.

In addition to CHEFA, the STEM on Wheels mobile laboratory has been made possible by funding and/or donations from Greater Bridgeport Transit (GBT), NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium, and KUBTEC Scientific.

Team Members

Tarek Sobh, Ph.D., Institutional Official

Executive Vice President for Research & Economic Development

Dean of the College of Engineering, Business, and Education

University of Bridgeport

Ruba S. Deeb, Ph.D.

STEM Bus Project Principal Investigator and Director

Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Technology Management

Director of Biomedical Research Development

University of Bridgeport

Sarosh Patel, Ph.D.

STEM Bus Project Co-Director

Assistant Professor of Computer Science & Engineering

University of Bridgeport

Ryan McCulloch, Ph.D.

STEM Bus Project Co-Director.

Assistant Professor of Mathematics

University of Bridgeport

Linda Paslov, Ed.D.

STEM Bus Project Co-Director

Director of Administrative Operations, Hybrid/Online Ed.D. Program & CAS/092 Program in Educational Leadership

University of Bridgeport

Julie Demers

Pre-Award Grants and Research Coordinator

University of Bridgeport

Sarah Tropp-Pacelli

STEM Bus Project Co-Director

Director of STEM Learning Programs

The Discovery Museum and Planetarium

George Estrada, Institutional Official

Vice President of Facilities, Planning, and Construction

University of Bridgeport

Jani Pallis, Ph.D.

STEM Bus Project Co-Director

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering

University of Bridgeport

Omar Abuzaghleh, Ph.D.

STEM Bus Project Co-Director

Assistant Professor Department of Engineering and Technology

Computing Laboratories System Manager

University of Bridgeport

Nancy DeJarnette, Ed.D.

STEM Bus Project Co-Director

Associate Professor of Education

Director of Elementary Education & Accreditation

University of Bridgeport

Christine Hempowicz, Ed.D., CRA

Director of the Office of Sponsored Research & Programs

University of Bridgeport

John Chamberlain

STEM Bus Project Co-Director

Chief Development Officer

The Discovery Museum and Planetarium

In partnership with

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Our Sponsors

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For more information or to discuss sponsorship of STEM on Wheels please contact Dr. Ruba Deeb.

Once your request has been approved by Dr. Deeb, you must submit the Agreement Form via email to Dr. Deeb.

Ruba Deeb

Ruba Deeb, Ph.D.

Director of Biomedical Research Development, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering & Technology Management