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Old 04-21-2015, 03:19 PM   #1
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Roam'n Iguana - Mobile Technology Center

We recently purchased at 2003 International Blue Bird 72 passenger bus with the idea of turning it into a mobile technology center for elementary students. We wrote a grant, purchased a bus for pennies, and have now gotten it back from the painter. We will be wrapping graphics on the side and installing activities inside to take to area schools as well as hitting all of the community events and ballgames.

I need some help with putting an AC/Heat pump in it. We would like to go with a roof mount on the upper emergency exits. Doable? Any forum links to a how to? Any ideas or direction would be awesome!


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What we envision it will look like wrapped ->
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Old 04-21-2015, 03:38 PM   #2
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biggest issue will be power to supply probably 3 ac units, 1 will not cool or heat a bus with kids and equipment in it (I don't think)
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We are planning on putting two units in with two 4000 watt generators mounted underneath. We will also be using MS Surface Pro 3 tablets unplugged so the power need for the activities will very low. There will probably be limited summertime use as students are away.
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Old 04-21-2015, 06:12 PM   #4
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What or who is funding this if you don't mind me asking?

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The project is funded through a grant and some industry donations. The focus of the project is to provide students with an early exposure to career options and help them identify pathways to achieving their goals.
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nice bus, not so much on abusing my tax dollars.
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Nice looking bus, the color is really eye catching.
Just disregard any rude members here.
Why two small generators instead of one larger one?
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I also respectfully disagree with the abuse of tax money. But hey, that little bit is nothing compared to what the government wastes.

IMO this bus is a personal project funded by tax money. Anything happening in this bus could have been accomplished in a class room for less cost.

However please do not stop posting. We all like pics.

I'm also interested in why two generators Vs one larger one?

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Unfortunately the OP mistook this site for somewhere to discuss buses.

OP- you have nothing to prove. You're doing your own thing in your own time. That's all that matters. Were your funding comes from, who you work for, or who you vote for doesn't and shouldn't matter. Its not supposed to, anyhow.
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Thanks for the support EastCoastCB! The students will never forget the big green bus and what they are learning through it! We are still looking at generator options but partially because of the size of the compartments and the cost, we found two smaller ones to be cheaper. Do you have any suggestions?

We are a trade school and our students have utilized this as classroom projects in the development. Our graphic design students will be applying the wrap, welding students built the tables inside, the web design students are working on interactive activities for students to participate, the electrical trades students will be wiring and determining proper loads, the HVAC students will be plumbing the AC system, the automotive technology students will be working on the engine, construction trades students will be working on table tops, and the list goes on. This has be an opportunity for students to get some unique hands-on training that they can add to their portfolio. Since the beginning of this project, we understood the importance of building this project in house and avoiding over priced outsourcing and also building a skill set in our students. We live by Aristotle quote, "What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing."

Our students will go on to be successful with the skills they have gained through their training and we are proud of our students and their success stories!

You should see our engine build team! Five students took a 350 Chevy high performance engine from fully built, to completely tore down and back up in less than 20 min! Those students earned thousands of dollars in scholarships to continue their education and one student in particular WILL be on a NASCAR pit crew soon!

Nat, It's a little hard to go into an elementary classroom for us because we are a high school and adult training facility but this gives us an opportunity to visit schools in our area and around the state to raise awareness of the growing skills gap.

I'm sure we will have lots of pics to come!
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