Learning Undefeated’s mobile laboratory program has been profiled in the Rebuild Texas Fund 2-year progress report, titled $100M at Work: Celebrating Community Progress. The August 2019 report highlights projects that have been instrumental in helping Texas communities recover from Hurricane Harvey, which brought catastrophic rain and flooding to areas between Corpus Christi and the Louisiana border.
Noted the report, “Learning Undefeated has an innovative approach that places self-contained mobile labs, engaging lessons and curriculum, and dedicated scientists in school and after-school locations where science labs, equipment, and facilities have been damaged.”
“Our kids have been through so much. Having Learning Undefeated in our district was essential to giving our students meaningful and engaging science lessons in a safe environment. We are excited to have them back this year!”– Tina Herrington, Superintendent, Wharton ISD
From the Report | read the full report >
Region 3 includes a diverse range of communities stretching from Bastrop and LaGrange in the north to Galveston on the coast. The impact of Harvey varied widely as well, with those communities near the coast or flooding rivers experiencing the most damage. As an example, Wharton, a community of roughly 8,700 people, had endured repeated major floods in the five years before Harvey. Following Harvey, community leaders banded together to form the West End initiative and bolster the Wharton Recovery Team to help expedite rebuilding and ensure that their most vulnerable community members are supported. We stepped in to fund the demolition of condemned homes, case managers to assist families, and construction managers to ensure successful home rebuilds. In addition, we helped repair an important community center so that vital after-school and summer youth programs, like the Learning Undefeated mobile STEM lab, could continue.