Cell Motion BioBus

Rating: 4.89 stars   19 reviews

Issues:

Location: PO Box 250288 Columbia University Station New York NY 10025 USA

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
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I met with BioBus organizers and was very impressed with their philosophy of open-ended and accessible learning. The components of the Pond Water module were refined to address local educational guidelines, but high priority was placed on leaving the discovery process open through free sampling of water.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

learning about microscope use and renewable fuel technologies at a Biobus-attended Earth Day event.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

educated, passionate, and organized.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

deploy a fleet of buses with varying curricula to all parts of the country. It would put real science in the hands of students at a time when instrumentation is becoming a critical part of cutting-edge research.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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3 people found this review helpful

The BioBus is run by a small group of inspiring individuals who have helped bring science to underprivileged students in the areas around New York City. They are particularly dedicated to their work, even though they do not get paid significantly for it. I began volunteering for them this past summer and was astonished at the amount they had already accomplished with a small team. My only criticism is that they could use more hands to help and that there isn't yet a second BioBus. Most importantly, the organization is making important scientific issues (such as climate change) accessible to young students and ultimately raising genuine interest in science for the next generation. In my short time volunteering, they have made me feel very welcome and have a contagious amount of enthusiasm.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Although I have never personally been at a teaching session, I have heard countless positive first hand accounts from other volunteers.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their intelligent and enthusiastic volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

intelligent, enthusiastic, and genuinely dedicated to their work.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

inspire and motivate the next generation of great scientists, regardless of their socio-economic boundaries.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

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3 people found this review helpful

The BioBus is fantastic! I volunteered during the World Science Festival in NY, at the Gathering of the Vibes music festival in CT, as well as at a handful of summer camps in NY. I saw students of all ages come on board the bus and become excited by the beauty and complexity of the microscopic world.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

getting people excited about science.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Wow. Earth Day can often be a real drag -- a bunch of people showing you how to feel bad about yourself because you're not buying coffee beans from the right place. But in NYC on Earth Day, I happened upon the BioBus -- a really positive and educational experience all-around. The science experiments were important, and yet easily explained to the "layman" by the BioBus's staff. (Examples: Photosynthesis, solar energy, microscopic organisms found in common lakes and rivers, agriculture...) Kids and adults were intrigued and entertained by the ideas presented on the BioBus. The bus, which runs on bio-fuel gathered from fast food restaurants (finally, a use for all that grease!), even has it's own "rooftop garden," where grasses and other plants are grown. Look at their website to see where they're touring, and look for the bus when you can -- it's colorful, one of a kind, and easy to recognize. Highly recommended. http://biobus.org/

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Recently, we noticed that some of the recycling trucks in NYC also run on bio-diesel fuel -- the same used on the Bio Bus. I was able to share knowledge of this with our kids, and show them how things are being done now to help improve the environment.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

the tour was great, the tour guides were motivated and and knowledgable (and fun!). NYC is lucky to have this resource and i hope all school get to see this amazing mobile classroom.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

not sure

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

all

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

funny, smart, enthusiastic

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

get more buses is more cities

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I am in the 9th grade, and i really enjoy working on the Biobus and with Dr. Ben Dubin-Thaler. The bus is very exciting, because a lot of the classes he teaches are all about tiny organisms. kids get really excited about being able to use microscopes and they learn a lot more about science then they knew before.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

entering the student reviews.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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5 people found this review helpful

In 2008, I assisted Dr. Ben with teaching several classes of students at Frederick Douglass Academy III (FDA III). The plan was to bring on as many students as possible in several groups so that they could get a brief overview of what the BioBus was and encourage them to begin to work with us. I met quite a few students, some of which were really excited about what Dr. Ben was doing. After a very tiring, and very rewarding day, I began to walk to the train to take me home. On my way there, I ran into one of the students, a young woman, which had showed interest in the BioBus. We discussed how to learn more, even touching on how graduate school helped me. Months later, I again volunteered on the BioBus to assist Dr. Ben at FDA III. I was surprised and gladden to see the same young woman working on the BioBus in the after school program. Given the continuing need for scientists, the BioBus shows students that science is exciting, and that being a scientist is an attainable career.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

witnessing the fundamental shift in the mentality of young students to become scientists.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try to get more teachers involved to spread the message of the BioBus among other educators.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with the students from the different schools

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

courteous, helpful, and knowledgeable

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

be unstoppable in creating a fleet of BioBuses to teach 100s of underprivileged schools.

Ways to make it better...

the program being taught the students was a bit more structured. However, this issue is something Dr. Ben has focused on over the past year.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting the word out about the program and cutting through the administrative red tape in most school systems.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-11-01

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6 people found this review helpful

The Biobus, an absolutely outstanding initiative of Dr Dubin-Thaler, gave students the opportunity to see life beyond their eyes, through high-tech microscopes, into microorganisms that affect our daily lives. According to the students' feedback, this was the first time most of them came into contact with real life scientists. This first impression happened in the relaxed environment of a school bus led by young scientists, and they became aware of how "cool" science can be. The brilliant questions raised by some students made me proud of being part of this eye-opening experience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... the brilliant questions raised by some students at the end of the presentation and by the engaging interest they show when they want to come back again to the Biobus to learn more details about the life of a scientist or just biology itself.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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6 people found this review helpful

After bringing the BioBus to my school for a week and seeing the excitement it gave to my students I was committed to getting more involved in this project. Since that visit I have joined the BioBus's board of directors and helped to develop its science currciulum. I truly believe the BioBus provides a great way to get students motivated to become a part of the world of science.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

motivating students to explore and become excited about science.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

bringing actual scientists in contact with students

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated to their practice and making it accessible to students

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

transform the way science education is taught across the nation.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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