Seattle's Mobile Science Lab
make a convincing case that they can't afford to provide very elaborate science
facilities. So what's being done to bring quality science experiences to kids
from the outside community?
One of the neatest examples is the new (fall 2009)
high-tech science lab in a truck that is being dispatched to schools in
Washington by the local Children's Hospital.
The $600,000 Science Adventure Lab was built with
donations and has scheduled visits with up to 5,000 Washington State students
from fourth to eighth grades each year.
Staff members are Ph.D.'s in science who also have
gotten their truck-driving licenses in order to bring the science experiences
to the students.
Teachers have their choice of four lesson plans with
experiments that teach kids about topics including nutrition, asthma and
infectious diseases. In one of the first activities, they were able to separate
and view a strand of their own DNA with a pipette from inside their cheeks.
The mobile science lab came about when community
leaders realized that too few Washington students were choosing to major in
science and equip themselves for technology and science careers. It is hoped
that the hands-on experiences they'll have in the mobile lab will spark a