Communities Then & Now: Making a 3D Model - Available in San Diego County Only!

by  San Diego Model Railroad Museum

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How are we alike and/or different from people who lived in the past? This program features our unique collection of historic California model railroads to engage students in an exploration of the past, and an understanding of how some things change while others stay the same. Students identify community elements on model railroad layouts and compare and contrast them to their contemporary equivalents. Finally, students build a 3D model or their community.

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About This Program


Multipoint: $185.00
Multipoint Premium: $175.00
Point to Point: $185.00
Point to Point Premium: $175.00

The cost of the program is $185.00 per 20 students. This price includes most supplies. If the school or teacher's home is within 15 mils of Balboa Park, we will deliver the program materials to you. If the school or teacher's home is more than 15 miles from Balboa Park, we will arrange a time for the program materials to be collected from the museum.


60-70 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) Pre-K Students, Kindergarten, 1, 2

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Community Interests, Sciences, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode


Booking Information

Program only available is San Diego County. We prefer to offer point-to-point, but will consider multipoint upon request, as we understand that many students may be participating from their homes.

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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

A minimum of two weeks notice is required for rescheduling or canceling your reservation. Cancellations made with less than two weeks notice will result in a cancellation fee. No shows will also be charged in full. You will receive written notice from the SDMRM to verify your cancellation..

About This Provider

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San Diego Model Railroad Museum

San Diego, California
United States

Spanning over 27,000 square feet of trains, trestles, and tracks we are in the heart of natural beauty framed by the majestic backdrop of Balboa Park. The San Diego Model Railroad Museum (SDMRM) is a space where imagination is beautifully engineered. SDMRM features both indoor and outdoor exhibits and programming for all ages.

Our mission is to research, collect, preserve, and present the heritage of American railroading with scale models of California railroads. At every twist, turn, and tunnel we spark curiosity with developing educational programming that includes education milestones like critical thinking, creativity, and problem solving. Our exhibits transform little engineers to modelers who tinker with engines and nail down track to build and transform something from nothing.

Julia McMeans
619-696-0199 ext.404

Program Details


1. The program begins with a general discussion about community.
2. . Students identify different things located in their community.
3 -Students then begin to build their individual 3D community models.
4 - Using images, students compare and contrast communities from the past to the present communities.


Students will:

- examine a large 3D model of a community.
- learn about and discuss the concept of community.
- describe their communities and identify things located there.
- create an individual 3D community model.
- compare and contrast past communities with contemporary communities.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA -Literacy.SL.K.4

State Standards

California History-Social Science:

K.4., K.6., K.6.3.,1.2., 1.2.1., 1.2.2., 1.4, 1.4.2., 2.2