Discovering the Universe: Mobile Classroom is an outreach program – housed in a high-tech, 37-foot recreational vehicle – that serves schools and community groups in Suffolk and Nassau counties (grades 3 to 12). National Grid Foundation provides generous ongoing support for this education program.
News12 covered the Mobile Classroom’s recent visit to the Samoset Middle School in Brookhaven, Long Island:
The Classroom is designed to bring unique educational experiences beyond the Vanderbilt’s Planetarium programs. Several stations in the Mobile Classroom offer hands-on interactive exhibits that engage visitors in different topics. While each station is a self-contained module, an underlying theme connects all of the Classroom’s information and ideas. This unifying thread is an examination of how astronomers acquire knowledge about the Universe. Each module presents a different part of the process of obtaining information. The educational modules in the Classroom are Light, Telescopes, Digital Imaging, The 3-D Universe and Gravity.