BioBus helps K-12 and college students in New York City discover, explore, and pursue science. We focus on students excluded from the scientific community due to factors such as race, gender, economic status, and physical access. Through this work, we envision a world where all people have the opportunity to reach their full scientific potential. We’ve reached 300,000 students at more than 800 schools since 2008, primarily in NYC public and charter schools and as far away as New England, California, and even Egypt and Jordan. BioBus students connect with scientists from diverse backgrounds, learn lab and research skills, practice science communication, and take steps to become the next generation of scientists and problem-solvers, making the world better for all of us. Our students access and become part of the scientific community through introductory science labs aboard our mobile labs at their schools; after school, weekend, and summer programs; and year-long internships. We offer programs city-wide with a focus on Harlem, the South Bronx, and the Lower East Side.

Learn more in our most recent annual report, and connect with us on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

We are returning to in-person programs! During the pandemic, we revamped all of our programs in order to bring science to students in the safety of their homes and socially-distanced classrooms. We have live, interactive lab classes, STEAM challenges using materials students can find at home, and town hall livestreams with guest scientists. Our Junior Scientist interns have even continued research and science communication projects. Learn more about our COVID-19 response.

BioBus reached more than 50,000 students through short, introductory programs during the 2018-2019 school year, with hundreds of students engaging in in-depth programs and research internships. During the 2019-2020 school year, we reached over 24,000 students both through in-person programs and transitioning all of our programs to online and at-home options during the pandemic. We continue to offer remote science education now while we work with school and community partners, families, and students to prepare to safely transition back to in-person programs in the coming year.

Students discover the excitement of hands-on science aboard our Mobile Labs, equipped with $75,000 microscope and staffed by scientists. Parked in front of a school, entire classes of pre-K through twelfth-grade students climb on board for inquiry-based, hands-on, standards-aligned lab sessions.

After 45-minutes aboard a BioBus Mobile Lab, students have more positive attitudes towards science and want to do more. Eight to twelve week BioBus “Explore” programs at existing schools and community centers provide the students opportunities to develop their own research practice. At the same time, BioBus scientists build site staff's capacity to run inquiry-based research programs, as well as help equip sites with hardware and supplies.

We further support our students in becoming tomorrow’s scientific leaders through our “Pursue” paid internships for high school and college students. BioBus interns develop an independent science research project while serving as mentors to many of our younger students through teaching. "Pursue" and some "Explore" programs are located at BioBase Harlem @ Columbia's Zuckerman Institute. At this community lab, students work side-by-side with BioBus scientists and use the same advanced research microscopes found aboard our mobile labs.

BioBus is not a museum. BioBus is not a classroom. BioBus is not a fairground ride. BioBus is not even (always) a bus. BioBus is the research science lab that is in front of your school, at your block party, in front of your neighborhood park, in your summer camp, and at the college you want to attend. From the time you are four years old until college and beyond, BioBus supports your journey to make science part of your life, wherever that journey leads.

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 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

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  • President - Sadia Halim, Ph.D., BNP Paribas
  • Vice President - Susan Meisel, Esq., Sony Music Entertainment
  • Secretary - Jared Fox, Ph.D., NYC DOE WHEELS
  • Treasurer - Stephen Jan, M.S.
  • Nicolas Biais, Ph.D., Brooklyn College
  • John Butler, J.D., Office of the Governor, State of New Jersey
  • Preston C. Demouchet, Esq., Carter Ledyard and Milburn LLP
  • Keith Foster, Trend Forward Capital
  • Reva Gaur, M.B.A., Facebook
  • Mandë Holford, Ph.D., Hunter College and American Museum of Natural History
  • Joel Oppenheim, Ph.D., NYU School of Medicine
  • Jayne Raper, Ph.D., NYU School of Medicine
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