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.