Our Mobile Museum programs — the Earthmobile and Seamobile — are unique educational spaces situated in modified tractor-trailers that simulate scientific research environments.
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Due to the popularity of this program, it may take 4-6 weeks to process your request. We typically receive more requests than our capacity.
Please note that there is a two-year wait period between visits to each school site.
The Mobile Museum programs serves 3rd - 8th grade students in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) through the generosity of the Max H. Gluck Foundation. These programs are free to LAUSD schools.
Open Houses are for the entire school community: families, students, staff, and afterschool programs. An Open House is scheduled for one hour after school, usually on the Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday of the Mobile Museum visit.
If your Mobile Museum program includes a subsidized follow-up field trip to the Museum, an NHMLA staff person will be in touch with your schools Program Contact to schedule the dates and times of the visit. The Museum will make arrangements with a bus company approved by LAUSD Transportation Safety Center.
The School Visits Museum Policy for chaperones is one adult per five students. As per LAUSD Transportation there is a maximum of 65 passengers per bus.
The Mobile Museums are large full sized 65 ft. x 15 ft. semi-tractor trailers.
The Mobile Museum will arrive early on the first day of our residency and pull off in the afternoon after the last class on the last day of our residency. Residencies are typically Monday through Friday, pending class schedule. Please note, if the Mobile Museum: An Ocean Experience is scheduled for a two-week-long residency, then the Mobile Museum will be pulled off during the weekend and will arrive again the following Monday morning.
The Mobile Museums must be positioned at a site that ensure easy access and maneuverability for the driver, as well as limited disturbance to students. We make every effort to park the trailer in your preferred spot.
No, each Mobile Museum has a generator that is housed on board.
Yes, both the Mobile Museum: An Archaeology Experience and the Mobile Museum: An Ocean Experience are equipped with wheelchair ramps or lifts.
As a teacher you can prepare for the visit by: attending the required Mobile Museum: An Archaeology Experience orientation, completing Pre-Visit Activities with your students, dividing your class in half, create five teams for each half (three students each), and prepare nametags and pencils for students. On the day of your scheduled visit wait in your classroom for NHMLA educators to arrive to do a short introduction to the program.
The Mobile Museum: An Archaeology Experience is designed for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. Special needs students can be mainstreamed or the program can be modified for your students' specific needs.
During the week-long visit at your school, the Mobile Museum: An Archaeology Experience can be made available for a total of up to ten classes serving 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades.
There can be up to 18 students on the Mobile Museum: An Archaeology Experience at a time.
The Mobile Museum: An Archaeology Experience will remain at your school site for a maximum of one week, Monday through Friday.
The Archaeology Experience Program takes place on the Mobile Museum (field lab) and in a classroom (museum lab). We request that the school provides an unused classroom space for a week. This room should be set up with six tables and 20 chairs. It is helpful if there is a white board or chalkboard as well. All printed materials will be provided by the Museum.
Two Museum educators will meet the teacher in his/her classroom at the scheduled time of the program. Following a brief introduction, one half of the class will go to the Mobile Museum with one of the museum instructors while the other half will go to the "museum lab" with the other museum instructor. The two groups will switch places after about 50 minutes. Overall, each class will spend two hours with the program.
As a teacher you can prepare for the visit by: attending the required Mobile Museum: An Ocean Experience training at your school; completing Pre-Visit Activities with your students; dividing your class into groups of 20; creating five teams per group (four students each); and prepare nametags and pencils for students. Please have students meet the Museum educators at the Mobile Museum and the designated Museum lab classroom.
The Mobile Museum: An Ocean Experience is designed for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Special needs students can be mainstreamed or the program can be modified for your students' specific needs.
All supplies will be provided by the Mobile Museum.
The Lab and Field Components can hold no more than 20 students each for a total of 40 students per period.
The Mobile Museum: An Ocean Experience is divided into two 45-minute components: the Lab Component and the Field Component. The Field Component takes place on board the Mobile Museum and the Lab Component takes place in one classroom that we use during our residency. The program is typically spread over one to two days depending on your school schedule, regular vs. block schedule.
Yes, the Mobile Museum: An Ocean Experience has had more than just a makeover. Our program goals and objectives have changed dramatically to better engage students in the process of science. The Mobile Museum is still a simulated submersible, but the dive itself has a more defined focus. New to the program is the Lab Component.
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