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A ‘Magic’ BioBus is teaching kids about the environment at Astoria Houses [Jul 2019]

This summer, BioBus spent its time parked in Astoria to give students the chance to learn about marine ecology, peer through telescopes and conduct research projects based on the cove’s natural ecosystem.

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New York, NY, USA – April 23, 2019: BioBus I at the Earth Day New York 2019 in Union Square.
BioBus Staff present included: Ben Dubin-Thaler, Sarah Weisberg, Mollie Thurman, Li Murphy, Sasha Chait, Tori Von Ancken.
BioBus volunteers present included: Jessica Desamero, Adithya Kumar, Zoé Joly-Lopez, Niels Groen, Cris Zaidem, Nicholas Rogers, Jae Choi, Zoe Lye

6sqft Spotlight on Chief Scientist Sarah Weisberg

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.

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