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Education Hits the Road!

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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Mobile Museum FAQs

Scheduling

The online request form was just submitted. What do I need to do next?

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 mobileoutreach@nhm.org. Then, please allow one month for your request to be processed.

Are there any fees for the Mobile Museum Programs?

There are no fees for the Earthmobile and Seamobile programs. They are completely funded by the Max H. Gluck Foundation.

Who can participate in the Mobile Museum Open House?

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.

Who makes the scheduling and/or bus arrangements for the Museum Visit component of the Earthmobile Program?

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.

What is the Museum's policy on chaperones for the Museum Visit component of the Earthmobile Program? Can they also ride on the bus?

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.

Truck Logistics

How big are the Mobile Museums?

The Mobile Museums are large full sized 65 ft. x 15 ft. semi-tractor trailers.

When will the Mobile Museum arrive at our school?

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.

What type of parking does the Mobile Museum require?

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.

Does the Mobile Museum require any electrical hook-up?

No, each Mobile Museum has a Biodiesel (soy blend) generator that is housed on board.

Is the Mobile Museum wheelchair accessible?

Yes, both the Earthmobile and Seamobile are equipped with wheelchair ramps or lifts.

Earthmobile

What do teachers need to do in preparation for the Earthmobile visit?

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.

What grades can participate in the Earthmobile 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.

How many classes can be scheduled for the Earthmobile Program?

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.

How many students fit on the Earthmobile?

There can be up to 18 students on the Earthmobile at a time.

How long will the Earthmobile be at our school?

The Earthmobile will remain at your school site for a maximum of one week, Monday-Friday.

We have scheduled the Earthmobile Program; do we need to supply anything?

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.

Where will the Earthmobile Program take place? How long is the Earthmobile Program?

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.

Seamobile

What do teachers need to do in preparation for the Seamobile visit?

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.

What grades can participate in the Seamobile Program?

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.

We have scheduled the Seamobile; do we need to supply anything?

Please ensure students have nametags and pencils. All other supplies will be provided on the Seamobile.

How many classes can be scheduled for the Seamobile Program?

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.

How long is the Seamobile Program?

Each session of 20 students will participate on the Seamobile for a 90 minute program.

How many students fit on the Seamobile?

There can be up to 20 students on the Seamobile at a time.