The BioBus II, a mobile science lab parked beside Camden’s Village Green, welcomed teacher Joshua Toothacker’s eighth-grade science students from Camden Rockport Middle School Oct. 19 and 20.
On January 31st, sixth, seventh and eighth-grade science classes from Frederick Douglass Academy (FDA) VIII were treated to a most unusual experience—a visit onto a mobile laboratory housed in a 1974 transit bus known as the BioBus.
The last thing you expect to see while walking to work in the trendy Flatiron District of New York City is a multi-colored, solar-powered bus from the 70s parked in front of a Club Monaco.
But this isn’t just any ordinary bus.
Latasha Wright joins hosts Clay Jones and Grant Ritchey on The Prism Podcast to talk about the BioBus and the joy of sharing the journey of discovery with students of all ages.
An early appreciation for science can lead to a lifelong passion for the subject, but it can be a challenge to get elementary, middle and high school students excited about the sciences from inside the classroom, which is where the BioBus comes in. The mobile science lab was founded in 2008 by Ben Dubin-Thaler, who has a PhD in Biology from Columbia University. The bus began “as an experiment to test his hypothesis that, given the opportunity to use research-microscopes to perform live experiments, anyone would be excited about science.” To test his hypothesis, he purchased a bus on Craigslist and transformed it into a mobile laboratory equipped with state-of-the-art microscopes that could travel to students. The bus now serves thousands of New York City students and has a sister in the BioBase, located at the Lower East Side Girls Club, a hub created so that bus’s lessons can be expanded upon through additional programming.
Check out this wonderful segment that aired on NBC Nightly News on April 10th
The BioBus was featured on the WNYC show Hypothesis! Click below to listen.
Our Chief Scientist Latasha is New Yorker of the Week! “It’s so cool to walk into a bus with so much science in it,” says student Elle Sabarese.