High Point University unveiled the new HPU Mobile Lab during an event at High Point Central High School, where parents and students toured the state-of-the-art lab on wheels.
HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 7, 2018 – High Point University introduced the new HPU Mobile Lab to the community on Sept. 6 at High Point Central High School.
The HPU Mobile Lab is a state-of-the-art science lab on wheels, making chemistry and biology accessible to all students. HPU faculty and students will take it to schools throughout the city of High Point and the Piedmont Triad to foster a love for science within local youth.
The university funded the creation of the HPU Mobile Lab, and the project was spearheaded by
Dr. Neil Coffield, assistant professor of biology; Dr. Veronica Segarra, assistant professor of biology; and Dr. Melissa Srougi, assistant professor of chemistry.
“I feel good knowing that he’s going to have the advantage to use this lab,” said Kellie Jackson, a High Point Central High School parent, about her son, Branden, after they toured the bus. “It’s amazing what can be seen under these microscopes.”
Branden Jackson said the lab is one of the reasons he wants to attend HPU.
“This is more interesting than regular labs,” he said. “In middle school, I wanted to get more into science. Now I’m seeing this, and it makes me want to study science at HPU.”
The HPU Mobile Lab is integrated into HPU’s undergraduate education science curriculum and allows students to create experimental modules on HPU’s campus with the purpose of increasing the accessibility to sciences in the community.
“When you’re working with high school students, they need mentorship, and at HPU, they go above and beyond that,” said Tarsha Winston Reid, a High Point Central High School teacher. “It’s a win-win situation for HPU students and high school students.”
“With the Mobile Lab, we can reach out to high school students and show what HPU offers,” said Kristen Brokaw, an HPU biochemistry major. “It’s an example of the opportunities HPU students have to connect with the community.”