Trailblazer Guidelines & Training
We are excited to share the Trailblazer mobile science museum experience with the students at your school, library, or event. The process of planning your visit is fairly simple.
Basic guidelines for your Trailblazer visit:
Our program is very flexible. We work with you to set a schedule that works for you and your students.
For most school programs we schedule classes for 35 to 45 minutes. This time frame is efficient but still ensures your students have time to fully engage with the exhibits.
The Trailblazer comes with one TAME staff member who runs the program on the day of your event. He or she will:
Bring the Trailblazer and park it in a safe location.
Your school will need to provide five volunteers to act as docents for tours. TAME staff will work with the volunteers to familiarize them with the area that they will be showcasing.
About 200 students can tour this ‘Science on Wheels’ unit in one day.
Volunteers are a very important part of the Trailblazer experience. Volunteers are positioned at each station in the Trailblazer and interact with the students during the tour. They will help with the demonstrations and provide students with information about the areas that they are exploring. Volunteers do not need to have any special experience or technical background. All activities are easy to learn and TAME personnel will brief the volunteers prior to the tour and provide scripts containing suggested talking points. Volunteers will be standing throughout their shift, so please have them wear comfortable shoes. Volunteers can be parents, school staff/volunteers, high school or college students and employees of local businesses and sponsoring organizations.
• You need to provide a minimum of 5 volunteers. Volunteers need to arrive at the Trailblazer for training 35 minutes before students are scheduled to visit. Please adjust the start time to allow enough time for volunteers to check into the school office before reporting to the Trailblazer.
• If there are not 5 volunteers, displays will be shut down.
• Multiple volunteer shifts can be set up as long as they overlap by 15 minutes so the earlier volunteers can train their replacements.
• Please start early to recruit your volunteers. They are essential to the program. Please stress to your volunteers the importance of arriving on time to the Trailblazer for training. Students cannot enter the Trailblazer until all volunteers are trained.
These training videos are intended to help your volunteers become familiar with the exhibits and what to say to students. Please do not share them with students.
Trailblazer I Training Videos
Volunteer Training: Energy, TB1
Volunteer Training: Space, TB1
Volunteer Training: Aerodynamics, TB1
Volunteer Training: Medicine, TB1
Volunteer Training: Weather, TB1
Trailblazer II Training Videos
Volunteer Training: Weather, Trailblazer II
Volunteer Training: Aerodynamics, Trailblazer II
Volunteer Training: Energy, Trailblazer II
Volunteer Training: Space, Trailblazer II
Volunteer Training: Biotechnology, Trailblazer II