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102 Vehicles: Specialized Vehicles

Karin Mobile Schoolroom (TL11)

Summary: 17.00 displacement ton box; 15.0 tonnes; kCr 52.3 Chassis: 238 kL box (9.6 m long x 4.10 m wide x 4.10 m high); Structure: 742 kg of structurecomp, rated for 1.0Gs, body 0.04 cm thick, 1 armour rating Performance: 1.01 MW TL11 fusion plus generator; Fuel: 399 L of enriched water (399 kg), 1000 hours supply Propulsion System: 1.00 MW contragrav with 6 minutes emergency power; Maximum Speed: 120 km/h loaded, 182 km/h unloaded; Range: 119754 km loaded, 181509 km unloaded; Agility: +2DM (1.0G); Crew & Passengers: Crew roster: pilot, 3 teachers; 4 crew stations; 60 roomy passenger seats Sanitary facilities Communications: Continental Radio (1.00 kW, TL11, SmVcl); Range: 3000 km Sensors: No sensors installed. Other: Options: entertainment centre, recreation space, kitchen for 20 simultaneous meals Safety Features: anti-theft system, fire suppression system 10.2 kL of cargo space (5.11 tonnes)

The Karin Mobile Schoolroom is a self-contained facility containing three complete classroom with audiovisual and computer facilities. A small kitchen allows pre-prepared meals to be quickly reheated (for both staff and students).

Nomadic societies must relocate on a regular basis. It makes little sense to invest valuable credits in a structure that will only be used infrequently at best, and may be damaged while vacant at worst. Mobile school facilities are an ideal solution for these societies.

Poorer settlements frequently cannot afford a full-time instructor. While distance learning can provide many basics, there is no substitute for a caring, skilled professional — especially for children with special needs. Outlying districts often ‘club together’ to purchase and run a mobile schoolroom, which travels a circuit serving each settlement in turn.

© Robert Prior, 1998.

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