Disaster Recovery Education

Learning Undefeated offers the country’s first STEM-focused education recovery program for communities hit by disasters.

Moved by a story on the evening news about the devastation to schools and communities caused by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017, Learning Undefeated raised corporate funds to send one of its mobile labs to the disaster-impacted area. What began as an emotional response to a natural disaster has grown into a robust education program serving more than 25,000 K-12 students across the Texas gulf coast over nearly two years.

Learning Undefeated has served more than 30 distinct communities along Hurricane Harvey’s path, from Corpus Christi along the gulf bend and East to the Louisiana border. The lab has served some of the hardest-hit areas of the state, helping students and teachers re-engage with STEM education even in locations where schools are not yet open.

Contact Alejandro Cardemil for more information about bringing a Learning Undefeated mobile lab to your community.

Reengaging Kids in Disaster Areas with Learning

The impact on students, schools, and teachers following a natural disaster extends far beyond the initial event and can require years of community recovery. Learning Undefeated’s disaster recovery education program emphasizes engaging, hands-on STEM learning experiences designed to help students re-engage with learning during a time when disaster-related stresses are incredibly real.

Creating a sense of normalcy and helping alleviate students’ toxic stress post-disaster is critical to help communities return to normal.

Our fully self-sufficient mobile laboratories provide valuable learning space along with curriculum, supplies, and hope for students who are struggling to get through each day. The program includes:

  • Full self-contained STEM education mobile unit – fuel, water, etc., etc.
  • Trained staff to support school-based staff and local community leaders
  • Authentic, hands-on laboratory learning experiences
  • Engaging subject matter tied to real-world careers
  • Near-peer mentorship model, providing STEM role models from within the students’ communities
  • Emergency power and charging stations

Building the First Disaster Response STEM Education Program

Moved by a story on the evening news about the devastation to schools and communities caused by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017, Learning Undefeated raised corporate funds to send one of its mobile labs to the disaster-impacted area.

Heartbroken by the hurricane damage in Houston and along the gulf bend region of Texas, Learning Undefeated’s staff raised just a small amount of funding to send the mobile laboratory to southeast Texas in November 2017. In just two weeks, Learning Undefeated’s team saw every K-12 student in the 400-student district during a 4-day visit to Port Aransas (outside of Corpus Christi). The following week, the lab served two Houston schools including a magnet school that draws students from more than 100 schools across the city, many of which were devastated during the Hurricane.

What began as an emotional response to a natural disaster has grown into a robust education program serving more than 25,000 K-12 students across the Texas gulf coast over nearly two years.

With the country’s first STEM-focused education recovery program, Learning Undefeated has served 40+ distinct communities along Hurricane Harvey’s path, from Corpus Christi along the gulf bend and East to the Louisiana border. Two new shipping container labs have been built as a legacy program for some of the hardest-hit areas of the state, helping students and teachers re-engage with STEM education even in locations where schools are not yet open.

Our Impact in Disaster-Affected Communities

Hands-On STEM Summer Camps Reengage Students in Learning following Challenging School Year

Over 200 students across three states — some as young as five years old! — participated in education recovery summer camps during summer 2021. Learning Undefeated’s disaster recovery education program emphasizes engaging, hands-on STEM learning experiences designed to help students re-engage with learning during a time when disaster-related stresses are incredibly real. The Young Science Explorers program reengaged students in learning and provided them with real-world STEM experiences.

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Learning Undefeated Expands Mobile STEM Lab Program Outside Continental U.S. to Support Puerto Rican Schools Damaged by Recent Earthquakes

For the first time, Learning Undefeated is sending a mobile STEM lab outside of the United States. Working in partnership with the Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust, Learning Undefeated’s MdBioLab departs Maryland today to travel over land and sea to southwestern Puerto Rico, where it will serve more than 6,000 students in communities that were damaged by earthquakes earlier this year.

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