With generous support from the community, Seattle Children’s launched the Science Adventure Lab in 2009, creating the first mobile science lab program directly linked to a children’s hospital and the first mobile lab in the Pacific Northwest.
The Science Adventure Lab is a custom-built, mobile science lab outfitted with research-grade equipment and space for up to 28 students at a time. The mobile lab travels to schools across Washington to provide innovative, hands-on science curriculum to students in grades 4 to 12.
The program focuses on providing schools with access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities that would otherwise not be available.
Each curriculum module is designed to enrich existing classroom education, provide students with highly-relevant experiential learning opportunities, and help develop the scientific and critical thinking skills needed for today’s careers. To achieve this, the modules incorporate the principles of inquiry-based learning, components of the scientific method, and science process skills such as observation, measurement, prediction and experimentation. All of the modules were developed using the 5E Instructional Model and support the relevant Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards.
There are three components to each module:
- A pre-visit activity taught by the classroom teacher
- Hands-on experiments and activities conducted aboard the Science Adventure Lab during a visit to the school
- A post-visit activity taught by the classroom teacher
All curriculum topics are carefully chosen based on the potential to teach key science skills and health information, the relevance to child health and the opportunity to expose students to careers in science and healthcare.
How to Apply for a Visit
Applications for Science Adventure Lab visits are available upon request to principals and teachers in March for the following school year. Our Science Education Department receives many more requests for visits than we can accommodate, so, unfortunately, we can’t visit every school that applies. All applicants will be notified of our review committee’s decision. We will contact successful applicants to select a date for the visit in the upcoming school year.
Some factors that we consider when evaluating applications are listed below. Please consider these factors before requesting an application.
- The percentage of students at your school receiving free or reduced price lunch. We give priority to schools with more than 50% of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch.
- Eligibility for Title I funding. We give priority to Title I–eligible schools.
- Location. We visit schools throughout Washington state. We give priority to rural schools that have limited access to regional science enrichment opportunities.
There must be accessible, off-street parking for the Science Adventure Lab available at the school. The Science Adventure Lab is 45 feet long and, when the slide-out rooms are extended, over 13 feet wide. As a guide, the Science Adventure Lab is larger than a school bus and closer to the size of a Greyhound tour bus. Please contact us if you are unsure the Science Adventure Lab can navigate the parking lots at your school.
The Science Adventure Lab’s maximum capacity, including students, teachers and aides, is 30 people. If your classes are larger than 30, please contact us to discuss options.
If your school is selected for a visit, you will be required to:
- Obtain signed permission slips for all students that will participate (we will provide the necessary forms).
- Complete pre- and post-lab activities (each require less than one class period).
- Commit to scheduling the 60-, 75- or 90-minute blocks of time required to complete the experiments on the mobile science lab.
Request an Application
All available spots have been filled for the 2016–17 school year. Applications for the 2017–18 school year will be available in March 2017.
For more information about the Science Adventure Lab program, or to be added to the distribution list for applications, please email us.