Water Science Program Requests

Staff, students, and scientists from the University of Memphis' Center for Applied Earth Science and Engineering Research (CAESER) staff a variety of educational programs available to you! Find the correct link below to request the Water on Wheels (WOW) mobile museum, a classroom or camp activity, speaker presentations, and more.  

  • Programming is available to public, private and home schools, camps, and community festivals and confirmed with the requester once we know our staff availability
  • A minimum of a week's notice is needed to request the WOW, but more is preferred to help with staffing needs
  • The WOW does not go out on Mondays

Questions or trouble booking? Email us at wow@memphis.edu!

Water on Wheels for 4th Grade School Visits

The Water on Wheels (WOW) mobile museum visits 4th grade classrooms around Shelby County, Tennessee! This is the only grade level eligible for WOW field trip visits. (Other grade level teachers are welcome to request a classroom visit from the link below.) Complete the WOW field trip request form to begin the process.


Water on Wheels at Your Event

Add unique water science education to your event or for your group!  Complete the WOW general event form to begin the process.


Classroom Visits, Presentations, Tabling, and More

So the WOW isn't the best fit...let's see how we can support your water education needs! One favorite activity is Aquifer in a Cup, which is $30 for a classroom of up to 30 students. This activity takes about an hour per group and only requires tables provided by the school or organization. Educators at CAESER will bring all necessary supplies for students/participants to build a model aquifer. 

Complete the Non-WOW requests for speaking engagements, tabling or other educational programming.

What to Expect with the WOW:

  • Programs are staffed by CAESER employees, students and volunteers.
  • A flat, level space longer than 60 feet is required.
    • The WOW is a 24'  trailer towed with a truck.
  • The WOW's location must be within 100 - 200 feet of an electrical outlet. 
  • No food or drinks are allowed inside the WOW.
  • The WOW is wheelchair accessible.
  • School Visits:
    • WOW school visits are targeted to students in grade 4.
    • Teachers must stay with their classes during any school visit, especially the WOW experience.
      • We appreciate teachers handling behavior issues while CAESER educators teach.
    • Classrooms will visit the WOW one at a time and stay for a full class period or approximately 50 minutes.
    • There are two "stations" led by trained educators.

WOW Fees:

  • There is a flat day fee of $100 for the WOW to visit, along with a travel fee.
    • Within Shelby County, there is a $10 gasoline fee.
    • Outside of Shelby County, a travel fee of 47 cents per mile will be charged (subject to change) to and from the University of Memphis campus.
  • Payment is not required until after the WOW's visit and the University of Memphis will invoice your organization.
    • A W-9 form is included in the registration links above.
    • The WOW will not go to an event if we do not have a completed W-9 from the requesting person/organization.
    • Refund policy:  We will reimburse basic cost plus travel if necessary. 


  • The WOW is an open air vehicle. There is no air conditioning or heating.
  • Because the WOW is designed to be open during its use, it cannot be used during rain.
    • The WOW will not be sent out if it's raining.
  • Please make sure your students dress appropriately for the weather since they will be inside and outside of the WOW during a typical presentation.


  • For more information about the Water on Wheels (WOW) program, email.