Our Mobile Museum programs — the Earthmobile and Seamobile — are unique educational spaces situated in modified tractor-trailers that simulate scientific research environments.
Please send the Museum a copy of your school's bell schedule, campus map, and a list of participating teachers. These are to be sent within 72 hours after your request submission via Fax to (213) 763-3566 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Then, please allow one month for your request to be processed.
There are no fees for the Earthmobile and Seamobile programs. They are completely funded by the Max H. Gluck Foundation.
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 Earthmobile program includes a subsidized follow-up field trip to the Museum, an NHM staff person will be in touch with your school contact to schedule the dates & 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 1 adult per 10 students. As per LAUSD Transportation there is a maximum of 65 passengers per bus. The Museum can make arrangements for personal vehicles, if there are additional parents that would like to chaperone but do not fit on the bus. Please have your school contact contact us by phone or email with parking requests.
The Mobile Museums are large full sized 65 ft. x 15 ft. semi-tractor trailers.
The Mobile Museum will arrive early Monday morning and pull off in the afternoon after the last class Friday (pending class schedule). Please note, the Seamobile will be pulled off during the weekend and will arrive again the following Monday morning.
The Mobile Museum must be positioned at a site that ensures 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 Biodiesel (soy blend) generator that is housed on board.
Yes, both the Earthmobile and Seamobile are equipped with wheelchair ramps or lifts.
As a teacher you can prepare for the visit by: attending the required Earthmobile orientation, completing Pre-Visit Activities with your students, dividing your class in half, create 5 teams for each half (3 students each), and prepare nametags and pencils for students. On the day of your scheduled visit wait in your classroom for NHM educators to arrive to do a short introduction to the program.
The Earthmobile 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 Earthmobile 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 Earthmobile at a time.
The Earthmobile will remain at your school site for a maximum of one week, Monday-Friday.
The Earthmobile Program takes place on the Earthmobile (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 6 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 Earthmobile.
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 Earthmobile 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 Seamobile training at your school, completing Pre-Visit Activities with your students, dividing your class into groups of 20, create 5 teams per group (4 students each), and prepare nametags and pencils for students. Please have students meet the Museum educators at the Seamobile at their scheduled time.
The Seamobile 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.
Please ensure students have nametags and pencils. All other supplies will be provided on the Seamobile.
During the two week-long visit at your school, the Seamobile can be made available for a total of up to 30 sessions of 20 students serving 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.
Each session of 20 students will participate on the Seamobile for a 90 minute program.
There can be up to 20 students on the Seamobile at a time.