Mobile science projects around the world

Below is a selection of mobile science projects from around the world.

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Lab in a Lorry, UK and Ireland

  • Areas covered: UK and Ireland
  • Transport used: Three 44ft trailers
  • Science discipline: Mainly physics but aspects of chemistry and engineering are also covered.
  • Education approach and target areas: Hands-on experiments carried out inside the lorry itself. Experiments are aimed at 11-14 yr olds
  • Staff: One member of staff per lorry plus volunteers from local universities, science based companies and members of the Institute of Physics
  • Contact: Caitlin Watson, caitlin.watson@iop.org
  • Website: www.labinalorry.org.uk

West London Floating Classroom, UK

  • Areas covered: Ealing, Hilingdon and Hounslow, access via Grand Union Canal
  • Transport used: One large multipurpose canal boat
  • Science discipline: Science along with history, geography, art and citizenship
  • Education approach and target areas: Interactive exhibits and discussions aimed at primary school children, Key Stage 1 and 2
  • Staff: Dedicated education team
  • Contact: West London Floating Classroom, c/o Groundwork Thames Valley, Denham Court Drive, Denham, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB9 5PG
  • Website: www.elsdale.co.uk

SCI-FUN, the Scottish Science and Technology Roadshow, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Areas covered: Scotland
  • Transport used: 7.5 tonne lorry, people carrier
  • Science discipline: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
  • Education approach and target areas: Taking the experience of a science centre - presentations and hands-on exhibits - to 11-14 year olds (S1/S2 cohort). Also participate in science festival events for the general public
  • Staff: Dedicated team of 5 people
  • Contact: Stuart Dunbar, Roadshow Manager, scifun@ed.ac.uk
  • Website: www.scifun.ed.ac.uk

GB4FUN, UK

  • Areas covered: UK
  • Transport used: One mid-sized van
  • Science discipline: Amateur radio
  • Education approach and target areas: Practical demonstrations of amateur radio
  • Staff: One dedicated staff member and locally recruited radio amateurs
  • Contact: gb4fun@rsgb.org.uk
  • Website: www.gb4fun.org.uk

Science on Wheels, India

  • Areas covered: India
  • Transport used: 35 vans
  • Science discipline: General science
  • Education approach and target areas: Young people have access to 200 short experiments
  • Staff: Dedicated staff
  • Contact: agastyaadmin@gmail.com
  • Website: www.agastya.org/Mobile

Questacon Science Circus, Australia

  • Areas covered: Victoria
  • Transport used: One 40ft trailer and other vehicles
  • Science discipline: General science
  • Education approach and target areas: Science show and also separate interactive exhibits - adapted to age of students
  • Staff: Dedicated staff
  • Contact: Questacon, King Edward Terrace, Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia
  • Website: www.questacon.edu.au/html/circus_for_teachers

Cell Motion BioBus

  • Areas covered: United States
  • Transport used: Converted bus
  • Science discipline: Biology, physics, chemistry, earth science
  • Education approach and target areas: Research-grade microscope laboratory and computer lab for hands-on activities targeting kindergarten to adults
  • Staff: One permanent PhD level staff member on BioBus plus visiting scientists from local universities, research institutions, and professional organisations
  • Contact: Ben Dubin-Thaler, ben@biobus.org
  • Website: www.biobus.org


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