An 18-wheeler parked outside of Buchtel CLC is far more than just a transportation vehicle. It's an interactive experience that creates a unique learning environment for students.
The National Science Center and the U.S. Army traveled to the school with their Mobile Discovery Van (MDV) filled with hands-on activities related to science and math.
Students had an opportunity to visit the Mobile Discovery Van which included a 50-minute presentation. Col. Wayne Recknor, senior aerospace science instructor, requested that the mobile classroom make a trip to Buchtel CLC four years ago.
Sgt. 1st Class Steven McCarroll, an instructor with the MDV, says some students absorb more information when it's presented in a creative way.
"They get that hands-on experience and they can always relate back to that. 'I can remember when I did this' as opposed to when you read something or are told something, you don't always put it in the same part of your memory bank," said McCarroll.
McCarroll works with students across the country inside the mobile classroom using physical science demonstrations to peak the interests of students. Topics include electricity, magnetism, light and motion.