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Fairyland Elementary School fifth graders Jay Sutter, left, and Kuiper Roerdink use erasers to test the stability of their bridge while performing experiments aboard the Creative Discovery Museum's Discovery Mobile. Photo by Dan Heny/Times Free Press Fairyland Elementary School fifth graders Jay Sutter, left, and Kuiper Roerdink use erasers to test the stability of their bridge while performing experiments aboard the Creative Discovery Museum's Discovery Mobile. Photo by Dan Heny/Times Free Press
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Think of it like the "The Magic School Bus," just with less magic and more science.

The Creative Discovery Museum's new Discovery Mobile is reminiscent of the whimsical children's book series, in which students travel to unthinkable locations like outer space or the human body. In real life, the museum's bus serves as a science lab on wheels taking hands-on lessons to elementary school students across the region.

The science, technology and engineering projects that teachers — all of whom are state certified — can offer are especially helpful for elementary schools. It's often difficult for teachers in lower grades to come up with the time or resources to pull off such hands-on experiments with so much of the elementary school day focused on reading and math skills.

"We're able to do things with them that it would be difficult for teachers to do. This is really an extension of that capability," said Lynda LeVan, director of external affairs for the museum. "Elementary schools don't have science labs. Most of them don't have a microscope in the whole school."

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