Cell Motion BioBus
Rating: 4.89 stars 19 reviews
Location: PO Box 250288 Columbia University Station New York NY 10025 USA
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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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.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I attended a meeting to form teams of experts to formalize lessons and write grant proposals. The volunteers have followed-up with online collaborative work. Later I received on bus training with teachers. The BioBus staff are impressive teachers.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
This organization may be a model for guided inquiry science education. I would make this resource more available to schools.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
meeting knowledgeable and enthusiastic volunteers who are truly dedicated.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and dedicated as shown by follow-up work.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
audition science educated people to see if they can teach and then deploy the best of them with good quality equipment to stir up interest for science among students.
Ways to make it better...
I got involved during the school year instead of over the summer.
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
financial resources and the demand for their services once word gets out how good they are.
One thing I'd also say is that...
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