MdBioLab science learning bus receives $20K donation from AT&T [VIDEO] - Technical.ly Baltimore

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May 31, 2013 8:30 am

MdBioLab science learning bus receives $20K donation from AT&T [VIDEO]

"Lab on wheels" visits Frederick Douglass High School and the Baltimore School for the Arts.
MdBioLab staff, AT&T’s LaTara Harris and students from Frederick Douglass in front of MdBioLab during the $20,000 check presentation. (2013 file photo.)

MdBioLab staff, AT&T's LaTara Harris and students from Frederick Douglass in front of MdBioLab during the $20,000 check presentation. (2013 file photo.)

(Photo courtesy of Henry Fawell)

This is a guest post from Henry Fawell, a Senior Associate for Wills & Associates Public Relations.

Maryland’s only mobile science lab received a big boost Wednesday thanks to a $20,000 contribution from AT&T to the MdBio Foundation.

Brian Gaines, CEO of the MdBio Foundation, said the contribution allows the MdBioLab, a custom-built, 45-foot mobile bioscience laboratory, to work with students at the academies at Frederick Douglass High School and the Baltimore School for the Arts.

Gaines was joined at the announcement by science students at Frederick Douglass High School and LaTara Harris, director of external affairs for AT&T-Maryland.

“We wanted to do our part by helping MdBio Foundation prepare the next generation of scientists right here in Baltimore,” said AT&T’s Harris.

MdBioLab is a “lab on wheels” that visits schools across Maryland exposing students to the life sciences through hands-on experiments ranging from crime scene forensics to the diagnosis of diseases. (Read Technically Baltimore’s coverage here.) The lab is designed to increase student interest in science and make them aware of career opportunities in the biosciences field.

AT&T's LaTara Harris conducting a DNA extraction experiment with students aboard MdBioLab.

“MdBioLab is about awaking students to the power and possibility of a career in the life sciences,” said MdBio’s Gaines. “Thanks to AT&T, students at Frederick Douglass High School and the Baltimore School for the Arts can experience what it’s like to be a crime scene forensics expert or a biomedical scientist on the cusp of a breakthrough discovery.”

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Since its launch in January 2003, MdBioLab has visited schools in all of Maryland’s school districts, and has worked with more than 100,000 students and 2,000 teachers.

Watch students from the SEED School of Maryland conduct a gel electrophoresis experiment last September:

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