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BioBase

BioBase programs are in-depth programs in state-of-the-art community science labs. Students in BioBase programs use research-grade microscopes during after-school, weekend, and summer science explorations. BioBus PhD level scientists lead courses in biological science, environmental science, and materials science that nurture students’ natural curiosity and critical thinking skills over the course of many sessions.

BioBase programs launched in collaboration with the Lower Eastside Girls Club (LESGC). The LESGC Center for Community, opened in 2014, houses a state-of-the-art community science lab and many other interdisciplinary facilities and offers free programs for girls and young women from the surrounding community. Co-ed BioBase programs are offered at the Lower East Side Ecology Center and will soon be open in West Harlem at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute.


Afterschool BioBase programs allow students to fulfill their scientific potential. Over the course of the semester, students learn to formulate and test their own hypotheses. Students engage in lessons from a variety of scientific fields such as biological sciences, environmental sciences, and materials science.

Recommended for: grades 3-12

Saturday Science occurs in 4 session blocks throughout the school year. Students are guided on an amazing scientific journey. We combine science and art to make their experience with science one that they will not forget!  The class is broken-up into small groups to increase the scientist to student ratio and to maximize the students’ hands-on scientific exploration.

Recommended for: ages 8-12

During summer camp, students define themselves as stewards of the environment.  The camp is field work intensive with an emphasis on hands-on scientific exploration. Working side-by-side with Ph.D. scientists, students will develop hypotheses and design experiments. Using $35,000+ university-grade microscopes, students will identify the organisms they find and better understand the complex web of life that exists even in the most urban of settings.

Recommended for: Grades 6 - 12