The Mobile Teaching Unit (MTU)

images of the MTU

The Mobile Teaching Unit (MTU) was purchased with HEFCE funding awarded jointly to the two University of Bristol CETLs, AIMS and Bristol ChemLabS.

The MTU is a HGV Class 2 lorry which expands to turn into a seminar room and lab, capable of accommodating groups of 20 students at a time, which provides a great platform for outreach activities.

Bristol ChemLabS have worked with AIMS to develop the use of the MTU (whose prime purpose was in situ surgeons-training) for schools' outreach. In its pilot at Stroud High in Gloucestershire in February 2007, over 750 students and around 20 teachers were engaged by three University of Bristol staff members in a one day visit. In February 2008, a party of Turkish educators visited Bristol ChemLabS and participated in outreach visits as part of their research into the use of mobile experiments in primary science lessons. Among other joint outreach visits that have taken place since, the MTU was taken to schools in Jersey for a week in April 2008.

The MTU is run by AIMS and used primarily for hands-on anatomy and physiology demonstrations. You will find more details, including booking information, on the AIMS website and in the MTU leaflet.