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
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Various venues, including schools, science fairs and special events at museums and gardens.

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

develop a long term plan to expand the scope of the BioBus to include the other sciences. To bring the excitement in these sciences to the schools.

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

Meeting such enthusiastic young people who are working together, many volunteering their time, to bring a hands on science experience to disadvantaged children.

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

Enthusiastic, hard working, fun loving and ready to change the world.

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

It could expand its reach to more students and to different areas of the country, by buying more science buses and engaging more volunteer scientists to partner with their local schools to improve science education in this country.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to spend with the students. I love science and I love teaching.

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

Money and the challenge of scaling model up to include more buses and more volunteers. The CEO is stretched pretty thin. With money, however, qualified science educators could be hired to expand the scope of the Cell Motion BioBus.

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

Volunteer for the Cell Motion BioBus and you too will get to experience the energy and promise of this project.

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  

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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