About our Mobile Education Program:

Since 1997, we have taught design and fabrication through a mobile tool-based woodworking curriculum to literally thousands of children throughout L.A. County. Alternate Routes’ goal is to teach children creative problem solving and how to use tools safely, effectively, and (ultimately) independent of adult assistance. All classes are held in renovated transit buses and trailers where students learn about art, design, and engineering using only hand tools, raw materials, and their imagination. Professional artists teach all classes. The program has now expanded to include other tool based curriculum including sewing and electronics.

Class Descriptions:

Woodworking Classes – We teach children how to use tools safely, effectively and (ultimately) independent of adult assistance. Kids make a variety of projects that increase in complexity as they progress through the program. They accumulate a working knowledge of techniques like as sanding, sawing, shaping, drilling, setting screws, using clamps, hammering, and incising.

Artist-Inspired Classes – This is a new offering that will bridge our contemporary artists with our education programming. Drawing on art practices from on-site artists and our Teach Artists that use their unique skill set to create their artwork, utilizing a tool-based curriculum. Skill set will include building armatures, sewing, and design.

Programming Options:

We can design a program that will fit your school’s needs. We offer a number of ways to engage your students, such as the following:
• In-School, standards based curriculum (existing or special development)
• Afterschool classes
• Series of either 4, 6, 8, or 16 week programming, or let us know what works best for your school
• One-off experiential class for all students
• Special one-day events, like a “Discover Day”
• Summer Camps
• Collaborative Classes


Pricing is determined by the amount of time we spend with the students and how far we travel to your location. We visit schools for a minimum of 2 hours and can serve 15 students at a time, starting at $365/visit. Contact us for a quote. Our pricing includes all of the following:
• All materials: pine wood, hardware, etc.
• 2 teachers that are skilled artists / 15 students
• 15 stations equipped with all the hand tools needed
• Projects for each student to take home
• Example projects and visual aids


When partnering with a school the partner must secure parking for our vehicles, provide electricity, and confirm that all children are at least 5 years old to participate. Please contact us to see how our programming can fit your needs.

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Here’s an easy one: Target Grant. And there are others. If you’re serious, email us and lets talk.