Mobile Science Lab - Middle Schools

The Gene Machine Mobile Science Laboratory allows the technology and expertise of the Greenwood Genetic Center to come directly to the classroom. With the support of a grant from the National Human Genome Research Institute, GGC acquired the Gene Machine, a 41 foot custom coach equipped as a mobile science laboratory. The mobile laboratory allows students to engage in fun, entertaining and educational scenarios where they have the opportunity to learn about genetic traits and disorders, understand the lab techniques used in making a diagnosis as well as consider the ethical implications of testing. Teachers can select from multiple lab activities including basic lab skills and genetic modules. Each of the modules addresses STEM initiatives and South Carolina Science Standards.

The mobile science lab is available to visit middle schools across South Carolina at no charge to the school.

The Mobile Science Lab includes:

  • Laboratory equipment including microcentrifuges, a thermocycler, gel electrophoresis apparatus, micropipettes, vortexes, water baths, magnetic heaters and electronic balances.
  • Workstations accommodating up to 24 students.
  • LCD monitors, a wireless microphone system and a camera system.
  • Safety equipment, air conditioning and an ADA-approved automatic wheelchair lift.