BioBus’s mission is to help minority, female, and low-income K – 12 and college students in New York City discover, explore, and pursue science. 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 Boston, 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.
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.