Triune Specialty Trailers Prepares to Host Mobile Laboratory Coalition Conference at Wayne State University

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July 16, 2018
International event will feature educators who use custom vehicles to bring STEM education to communities
DETROIT—Local specialty vehicle manufacturer Triune Specialty Trailers will co-host this year’s Mobile Laboratory Coalition Conference (MLCC) in partnership with the MdBio Foundation, an education non-profit based in Maryland. The conference will be held on Wayne State University’s downtown campus from July 25-27, 2018.
The three-day MLCC will bring together nearly 100 educators, manufacturers, scientists and community activists from all over the country and the world who use or aspire to use specialty vehicles to bring hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) experiences directly to communities. These interactive, mobile laboratories, sometimes known as “classrooms on wheels,” travel to different sites to engage and educate youth. Most mobile lab initiatives also aim to inspire youth to pursue further education and careers in fields like healthcare, scientific research, and engineering.
“Mobile labs are so flexible and can move quickly in the same way that science moves quickly,” says Catherine Lysack, PhD, the Interim Dean of the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Wayne State University, who will serve as the site host for the conference. “Mobile labs excite students to think about science in a way that they might not otherwise do in a conventional class environment.”
The MLCC will feature three keynote presentations, including Robin Brewer from Detroit’s Brave Initiatives on Girls Building a Better World Through Code. Multiple workshop sessions will be offered, including an introduction of how to design and build a mobile laboratory; engagement techniques for engaging diverse learners; and program impact evaluation. On Thursday afternoon from 2:30-4 p.m., there will be a Mobile Lab Rodeo, with four specialty vehicles available for conference participants and media to tour.
“Triune is a passionate supporter of STEM education and is honored to co-host this year’s conference,” says Harry Kurtz, Triune’s president and CEO. “We are most proud of our work bringing exceptional STEM experiences directly to youth, especially youth who live in underserved communities.” Triune is the proud manufacturer of the MXLab ( for the MdBio Foundation, which, with interior space for up to 40 students and educators, is the largest and most advanced mobile science learning lab in the country.
To learn more or to register for the conference, visit the Mobile Laboratory Coalition website at To attend the Mobile Lab Rodeo only, call the Triune offices at (800) 431-1400.
About Triune Specialty Trailers
Triune Specialty Trailers is a state-of-the art specialty trailer manufacturing firm specializing in the design and development of mobile marketing, educational and functional trailers. Triune is a proud supporter of STEM learning and works passionately to help organizations provide educational outreach programs for students and visitors through interactive and inspiring mobile education and training solutions. For more information, visit  
About The Mobile Laboratory Coalition
The Mobile Laboratory Coalition is a member organization of traveling laboratory and other laboratory-based education programs built upon scientist and educator collaborations to address the nation’s science education challenge by providing equity of access to authentic, hands-on, inquiry-based, contemporary science education for K-12 students, educators, and the community. For more information, visit
Sarah Kurtz McKinnon, (313) 506-2891


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