Amber Medina: A Force to be Reckoned With
Physics and motion seem to be a running theme in the life of Amber Medina, the education director behind the Physics Bus, one of two mobile science museums, rolling through local communities in North Florida.
Medina said the mission is to promote creativity, sustainability and science education. “We take the bus to places that maybe don’t have enough support in their science education and also places that don’t have access to science museums or lack engaging science-based activities for kids.”
The bus, which offers interactive exhibits and physics-themed experiments, is making its debut this school year in and around Gainesville, Fla., and Medina hopes it becomes a more accessible asset for teachers and students.
She said many schools don’t have the resources to provide field trips for students anymore. So being able to bring the bus to them is a delight.
Medina is no stranger to doing without, “I spent a good amount of time living in a car, which is part of how I became fascinated by transportation.”
As if her efforts with the Physics Bus aren’t impressive enough, she’s also the assistant director of the Freewheel Project, a nonprofit organization and low-cost bicycle repair shop in Gainesville that provides affordable and free repairs for children, veterans and the homeless.
Her love of cycling even pioneered one of the activities occasionally featured on the bus — a bicycle-powered blender — which was a hit over the summer, when Physics Bus volunteers and visitors used it to make slushies.
Medina’s love of all things mobile has made her a force to be reckoned with and a Renaissance Woman in our book.