Pricing and Payment
Is there a price for a BioBus visit?
Yes. BioBus is a non-profit program and relies on payments from the communities we work with to continue bringing inspiring hands-on science education to students. In order to accommodate high-needs schools and communities, we charge schools on a sliding-scale basis, using your school’s Economic Need Index as the standard. After filling out our visit request form, our Program Coordinator will be in touch with a specific quote for your visit.
What methods of payment do you accept?
We accept check (written to BioBus, Inc), credit cards, and purchase orders.
Can we pay via a Purchase Order?
Yes. Our Vendor Number is CEL092282.
Schedule and Logistics
How many students can the BioBus accommodate in one day?
In a single day, we can see a maximum of 6 classes with no more than 30 students in each. In total, that is about 180 students in a single school visit.
Can I book multiple days in order to accommodate all of my students?
Yes! We welcome multi-day bookings. Keep in mind the price you are quoted will apply per day.
What time will the Bus be at my school?
The schedule for the day is determined by the school. You set a schedule for 6 classes and BioBus will pull up to your school one hour before our first scheduled class, and will be ready to depart about a half hour after our last scheduled class.
How long are students on the bus?
We recommend that students be on the bus for 45 minutes at a time, but that can vary depending on your scheduling needs. The maximum amount of time we recommend is one hour.
Where does BioBus park?
We can park the bus in a location of your choosing, providing it meets our parking requirements of a level, paved space 65 feet long x 10 feet wide with a height clearance of 11 feet and able to support a vehicle weighing 13 tons (25,000 lbs).
Lessons and Curriculum
What will my students be doing on the bus?
We offer a range of lessons covering subjects from food science to biology to comparative anatomy. You can view the full list and descriptions at biobus.org/programs. Students are typically on the bus for 45 minutes at a time.
Can I choose different lessons for different classes?
Yes. We want each student’s experience on the bus to tie into their classroom studies as much as possible. Please choose that lesson most appropriate for each class.
My students are coming on the bus for the first time. What lesson do you recommend?
For first-timers, here are the lessons we recommend by grade:
- PreK – 1: Seeing Shapes
- Grades 2 -3: Daphnia, Microscopes and Me
- Grades 4-5: Microscopic Ecosystems
- Grades 6-8: Cells Cells Cells or Microscopic Ecosystems
- Grades 9-12: Cells Cells Cells or Microscopic Ecosystems
We encourage you to read through the lesson descriptions on our website and choose the lesson that best fits with your curriculum.