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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: BioBus inspires the next generation of scientists by offering hands-on learning opportunities for young people. We operate state-of-the-art educational facilities where students and their teachers engage in authentic scientific inquiry alongside professional scientists.

Results: Over 15,000 students in over 90 schools and communities have explored the microscopical world aboard the BioBus since 2008. Student attitudes towards biology is more positive following a BioBus visit (2.83 +/- 1.05 before vs.  4.56 +/- 0.7 after, maximum score = 5, n=174).

Target demographics: Low-income K-12 students in the New York and across the country.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 10,000

Geographic areas served: United States

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

It was incredibly well organized, very friendly staff, and perfectly suited to kids. It was the highlight of the fair for my kids!

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I helped out at the Bio Bus during the visit to the HOWL festival. I don't have a science background but prior to the event I was told that we would be looking at Daphnia. Having the opportunity to prepare in advance made me comfortable with the subject and sharing my knowledge with the visitors.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The BioBus is an amazing organization trying to improve science education and inspire young students to see the process that is scientific discovery. While we are still getting some things off the ground, the progress made by the scientists and teachers who realize the importance of this mission has been outstanding.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The BioBus is an exciting mobile science classroom that brings a state-of-the art microscope lab to schools all over NYC. It gives students an explorative, "hands-on" experience and sparks their interest in science. Moreover, the students interact with real-life scientists, who volunteer their time to teach as well as serve as role models.

5

Client Served

Rating: 4

I had a great experience upon boarding the BioBus. Every aspect was explained to me with great detail. It was very interesting and I enjoyed it immensely.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the idea of a traveling science classroom roving the cities, towns and byways. It is a great way to bring a passion for science to children and adults.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard about the BioBus about a year and a half ago at a meeting of the Future Science Educators group in NYC. I began volunteering soon after and have seen the program develop first-hand. The BioBus is a mobile lab on wheels - bringing research grade microscopes and computers to students who otherwise wouldn't have access to such equipment. We started off small, but are working to develop our curriculum and better connect our lessons with the state standards and what students are learning in the classroom. We are formalizing lesson plans and preparing activities for teachers to do in the classroom before and after our visit - this helps the students get the most out of our visit as possible. I love science, and even more, I love teaching science. Kids ask fabulous questions. It's also important to show them that science is done by people - people just like them. The BioBus gives them first-hand experience doing experiments and the chance to interact directly with "real scientists."

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first was introduced to the BioBus in 6th grade at my middle school in Monroe CT. This one day sparked an interest that has been with me ever since, sustainability. Designing a product of any sort; including cars, houses, or even clothing; that lowers its carbon footprint on the earth and therefore creates a better, greener product and overall condition of living has been my focus of studies ever since. This past spring I graduated from Keene State College with an Architectural Bachelor of Science Degree and a Minor in Safety Studies both with a focus on sustainability. Through my college experience I have taken many classes focusing on sustainable product design and green energy including sustainable construction and architectural systems, sustainable design, and all of my core design studio classes. Earlier this summer I ran into the BioBus and talked with the people and offered my help in any way possible. I hope to make this a lifelong connection and will be helping out in any way I can.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

I see the fantastic response that students and teachers have to the experience of a BioBus visit at a school. The cutting edge microscopes and imaging technology allow students to collect biological samples and immediately be amazed about the microscopic world. This is not a sterile classroom experience where they are learning about science from a text book. Here they are experiencing scientific discovery first hand. Children are naturally curious, but need to explore the world experience. The use of volunteer scientists from local universities, bring the best scientific minds to the students. The whole process brings the community together and gives the students in disadvantaged school districts the chance to see the world that is available to them if they work hard and study.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I first met Ben Dubin-Thaler years ago at a conference at the NIH in Bethesda. At the time I was very impressed by his knowledge of computer analysis of biological microscopy. Later, when I was transitioning my career from research science to full-time teaching, I read about the BioBus in The Scientist magazine and thought that this was a great idea. Schools are weak on hands-on science education and a visit from the bus is precisely the break in routine and exposure to new ideas that make education sticky. This organization is exceptionally well organized, inclusive of volunteers, and provides valuable educational services. Using guided inquiry and real scientists with real microscopes, the BioBus brings valuable lessons to students.