How do you bridge the gap between schools with a great science curriculum and those without? Ben Dubin-Thaler, Ph.D., had an idea: why not bring science to kids the same way kids get to school?
The BioBus, according to Ecofriend, is a state-of-the-art mobile science classroom powered entirely by biofuels, solar power and an onboard wind turbine. Billed “science education for social change” the BioBus offers students the opportunity to explore the natural world with research-grade microscopes under the guidance of professional scientists.
The BioBus is operated by New York-based nonprofit Cell Motion Laboratories but reaches kids all over the country, focusing its education efforts on schools that are lacking in resources for hands-on science education. Since it got started in 2007, the BioBus has reached more than 12,000 students, as well as an additional 10,000 people a year at summer camps, parks, museums, community gardens, urban farms, and after-school programs.