Community Events are always more fun when they are sustainable! The Mobile Lab encourages discussion and inspiration for sustainable behaviors. Community members can explore the lab at their leisure and interact with our friendly volunteers and staff. We do request a donation for community events, this donation helps us visit schools and impact students in MNPS Schools.
The Mobile Lab is designed to teach middle and high school students how and why to live more a more sustainable lifestyle. We focus on reducing waste of food, water, and energy through hands-on activities. The Mobile Lab can accommodate up to 32 students per class period. We visit schools on Thursdays and Fridays and prefer to leave the lab at the school over night to reduce gas usage.
WE BUILT NASHVILLE’S FIRST MOBILE SUSTAINABILITY LAB
The Mobile Lab reaches diverse and underserved populations to enhance middle and high schools’ science and technology curricula and inspire sustainable behaviors.
A Vehicle of Inspiration
Urban Green Lab’s Mobile Sustainability Laboratory (“Mobile Lab”) is a custom-built, state-of-the-art, 40-foot classroom on wheels delivering access to holistic sustainable living education in school communities. Started in 2016 with support from Nissan and other sponsors, the Lab is our ultimate vehicle of inspiration, traveling to schools throughout Nashville and beyond to fill a gap in sustainability education by strengthening waste reduction literacy, fostering behavioral change strategies in the classroom, household, and future workplaces, and instilling a greater sense of individual responsibility.
REINFORCING STEAM EDUCATION
The Mobile Lab is designed to reinforce academic standards for the Next Generation Curriculum as well as STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics). Advised by our Curriculum Advisory Panel of area teachers and administrators, the Lab features nine educational panels with lessons drawn from our sustainable living curriculum around energy waste, water waste, food waste, and ecosystem changes, even green careers. Through newly-revised panels, worksheets, pre/post tests, and fun activities, students learn how sustainability improves health, saves money, and protects our natural resources.
Green Machinery of Its Own
Often, the Mobile Lab is a student’s first exposure to the concept AND experience of sustainability. Many educational panel inside the Lab include a hands-on, interactive feature to boost the message, like a composting game or bulb wattage calculator. The Lab was intentionally built with real-life sustainable features of its own as an example of green building, like roof solar panels and batteries that store and power the classroom, natural light and air from clerestory windows, LED lighting, bamboo displays, zero paint VOCs, and recycled content in the panel boards and floors.
Want the lab to come to you?
Check out the criteria below to see if the Mobile Lab will be a good fit for your school, after school program, or summer camp!
- A total of sixteen students can be inside the Lab at any given time
- For larger groups, we include hands-on activities outside of the Lab and circulate all students through both the Lab and outdoor activities, accommodating up to 32 students per class period
- The duration of the Lab programming is flexible based on the needs of your students, but typically lasts for the length of a 50 to 90 minute class period
- Students are expected to participate fully and teachers are expected to be present for the duration of the visit