Mobile Science Labs

Mobile Science Labs

*Information on COVID-19 and GGC's Education Outreach

The Gene Machine is currently available for school visits for small groups of students in order to allow for appropriate social distancing. Masks are required onboard and our instructors are enforcing social distancing, mask usage, and handwashing. Instruments and lab spaces are cleaned frequently. No student will be allowed onboard who is experiencing any symptoms of illness. Only one school employee/teacher will be allowed onboard with each class.

The Helix Express is available for school visits to bring activities inside the classroom. Our instructors are required to wear masks and will enforce social distancing while in the classroom. All equipment is carefully cleaned between each use. Please contact Dr. Leta Tribble at or (864) 943-4170  with any questions or to discuss scheduling a visit.

When visits are not possible, please take a look at our list of videos for classroom use and/or consider scheduling a live Zoom presentation with one of our instructors. More details and links are here.

The Mobile Science Laboratory Program allows the technology and expertise of the Greenwood Genetic Center to come directly to your school. 

In 2010, 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 Gene Machine is equipped with microcentrifuges, thermocyclers, gel electrophoresis apparatus, micropipettes, vortexes, water baths, magnetic heaters and electronic balances. It can accommodate up to 24 students at a time and includes safety equipment and an ADA-approved automatic wheelchair lift.

In 2017, with funding from the SC Educational Oversight Committee, we added a cargo van, the Helix Express, to our growing fleet. The Helix Express allows our instructors to transport lab equipment into the classroom to accommodate larger class sizes and expand our reach to serve more students.

Both vehicles allow 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 and explore careers in the life sciences. 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 Gene Machine and Helix Express are available to visit middle and high schools across South Carolina at no charge to the school.

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