These programs are free and available to LAUSD elementary and middle schools thanks to the generosity of The Max H. Gluck Foundation.
For Grades 3-5
Working as archaeologists, students piece together clues from the past to understand the Chumash peoples of California. Students excavate and analyze replicas of artifacts based on real data from archaeological sites in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Los Angeles counties to draw conclusions about daily life. By interpreting and contextualizing material culture, students learn that the Chumash peoples of the past were a complex society thriving in Southern California, a land rich in natural resources.
For Grades 6-8
As Marine Biologists in the field as well as the lab, students experience the biodiversity of our local coast and discover how our own LA Basin has changed over time. Students are marine explorers as they take a simulated dive off the coast of Southern California and passengers in time as they look for clues of what our local area was like millions of years ago (Hint: We would need a wetsuit!).
Scheduling for January through June 2015 began on began October 2014. The Mobile Museums are fully booked for Winter and Spring 2015. We will begin accepting requests for August through December 2015 on March 11, 2015.
Don't forgot to submit your bell schedule, faculty list, and campus map after filling out the Online Request Form. Your request is not complete until we receive these documents, which are necessary for scheduling a Mobile Museum at your school. Scheduling is first-come, first-served until all slots are filled.
Please note that there is a two-year wait period between visits to each school site.
Teachers of classes participating in Mobile Museum programs are required to attend an in-service training in advance of the visit. This orientation is intended to provide teachers with tools to prepare students for the program, as well as to review logistics and key details. Participating teachers receive a packet of resources, including pre- and post-visit lessons. These 30-minute sessions are usually held at the school on Tuesday afternoons.