Children's Hospitals Today - Fall 2017 - 12

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Down to
a science
A hospital's mobile lab is
inspiring the next generation
with hands-on experiences.
BY AMANDA L. JONES, PH.D.

Students practice
their pipetting
skills onboard
the mobile lab.

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CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL S TODAY Fall 2017

hen Seattle Children's
launched its mobile
Adventure Science Lab in
2009, it rolled across the
state of Washington to
visit more than 6,000 students. The next year, when
Children's Hospitals Today
first featured the initiative,
it was the nation's only
science lab sponsored by
a children's hospital. Now,
eight years later, more than
55,000
elementary
and
middle school students have
climbed aboard the 45-foot
lab on wheels where they
perform science experiments and learn about careers in science and health
care. Equipped with medical
and research equipment,
and staffed by scientists

and educators, the lab can
accommodate classes of up
to 30 students.
Several sources fund the
program, including Seattle
Children's,
donors
and
grants, and it serves underresourced urban and rural
schools with high percentages of students receiving
free or reduced price lunch.
Across the state, 164 schools
have received a visit from
lab. The majority of school
visits are within a one hour
drive from Seattle Children's
Research
Institute
in
downtown Seattle where
the lab is based. The lab
also visits schools in other
parts of the state, including rural coastal areas and
Eastern Washington.



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