CASPER, Wyo. — Tucked away in the basement of an unassuming furniture store, The Science Zone provides the opportunity for kids to experience different aspects of the science world, up close and personal. As the upcoming school year quickly approaches, the museum is gearing up for another season of science education.
However, decreased funding in the school district has limited the opportunity for students to visit the museum during the school year. The Science Zone’s recent program works to bring outreach right to the classroom, according to Jason DeWitt from The Science Zone.
The Science Mobile initiative grew from the idea that instead of bringing the kids to the museum, bring the museum to the kids. “Schools can’t afford as many field trips, so it’s more incumbent for us to take the science to the students,” DeWitt says.
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Teachers can choose the lesson topics and curriculum for their classroom visit, including making slime; electricity presentations; learning about plants, chemistry, and reptiles; and making liquid nitrogen explosions, according to a release from Volkswagen of America.
Fremont Motors generously provided the unique wrapped car in March 2018 and now maintains the vehicle as part of their ongoing donation.
The Science Mobile has traveled around the state bringing science to classrooms, going to lobbying efforts and a tourism conference, and serving as a rolling billboard for the museum.
“We hope to become a statewide source for informal science education,” DeWitt says. He hopes the program can someday expand to a larger car or bus, similar to the BookMobile, to bring more outreach materials and even traveling exhibits to students.
This year, the Science Mobile will continue its classroom outreach with more workshops, activities, and demonstrations around the state.