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Founded in 2008, BioBus works towards a future in which all people have experienced the power and beauty of making a scientific discovery. We cultivate this vision by creating immersive laboratory environments in which scientists join students and the general public for hands-on scientific exploration. This new kind of laboratory space is accessible and unintimidating, facilitating scientific engagement even amongst populations historically underrepresented in science professions. Within this space, scientists share their expertise and knowledge through direct, hands-on experiences, allowing participants to reshape their view of science through participation in the discovery process. Through this work, we believe a future is possible in which every human being has experienced science in an exciting, authentic, hands-on setting. See our progress in our 2016 Annual Report.

Ben Dubin-Thaler

Sarah Weisberg

Latasha Wright

Sascha Russel

Mollie Thurman

Tiffany King

Francesca Anselmi

Rob Frawley

Tessa Hirschfeld-Stoler

David Yap

Li Murphy

Danny Valdes

Georgina Capetillo

Roya Heydari

Sasha Chait

Amy Miller

Raymond Wilkerson

  • John Butler, President, Chairman
  • Quentin Van Doosselaere, Vice President
  • Sadia Halim, Treasurer
  • Jared Fox, Secretary
  • Matthew Baldwin, Director
  • Nicolas Biais, Director
  • Deval Desai, Director
  • Josh Dormont, Director
  • Reva Gaur, Vice President
  • Stephen Jan, Director
  • Founded in 2008, BioBus works towards a future in which all people reach their full scientific potential. We cultivate this vision by creating accessible, immersive laboratory environments in which scientists join students for hands-on scientific exploration. BioBus is a science lab built on a bus that visits a different school in New York every day. BioBus programs open doors to science for minority, female, and low-income students in New York City, giving K - 12 students the chance to experience the excitement of discovery. During after-school, weekend, and summer programs, students explore in-depth projects with scientists as teachers and mentors. BioBus mobile laboratories are research-grade microscope labs with $130,000 of equipment that visit schools and community events. BioBus is staffed by masters and PhD scientists who provide an introductory science experience at a level unavailable in even the most respected schools. BioBase community laboratories are state-of-the-art learning spaces where BioBus students develop their initial excitement into regular science practice through in-depth science programs after school, on weekends, and during the summer. Students are mentored by BioBus scientists, participate in research projects, and even teach science to younger students. BioBus is growing and will soon reach 60,000 students each year! Over the past eight years, BioBus visited more than 500 schools and community organizations, with over 1,000 days on the road. Two-thirds of students are minorities and two-thirds of BioBus visits are in low-income communities. We are continuing our strong relationships with the Lower East Side and East Village communities and are deepening our impact in Harlem, Washington Heights, and the South Bronx. Sign up for BioBus and BioBase programs here. Donate to support BioBus and BioBase science education and engagement programs here.   
    Mobile science laboratories have been identified as an important part of improving science education by NYC elected officials,1 the National Institutes of Health,2 and the National Academy of Sciences.3 80% of our staff are from groups underrepresented in STEM fields, an important factor in inspiring the primarily black, Hispanic, and female students with whom we work.4,5 95% of teachers requesting return visits from the BioBus because of the passion for science it ignites in their students. 65% of our students are African American or Latino. Over two­-thirds of the schools the BioBus visits serve low­-income communities. Internal and external research­-level evaluations show significant positive impacts on student attitudes towards science following BioBus programs. Eighty­-four percent of teachers rate the BioBus as "equally," "more," or "much more" valuable to their students as compared to a visit to the American Museum of Natural History, the New York Hall of Science, or the Liberty Science Center. Survey results and conversations with parents confirm that many students experience a dramatic positive shift in their attitudes towards science as a result of enrolling in BioBase courses.
    1 Lost In Space: Science Education in New York City Public Schools, New York City Council, 2004), page 22 2 nihsepa.org program has provided major grants to three different mobile lab programs 3 America’s Lab Report (2005) National Academies of Sciences, page 176 4 Research Shows Why Misty Copeland Is So Important 5Under-represented and underserved: Why minority role models matter in STEM