We’re really sorry that unexpected circumstances require us to postpone the BioBus Experience planned for this coming Monday evening, May 23.
We will reschedule it for the soonest convenience date and location in the 2016/17 school year. Stay tuned!
The BioBus is a research grade mobile science lab—a refurbished partially solar- and biofuel-powered 1974 transit bus with over $100,000 of microscopes that devotes its days to visiting city schools (over 2/3 serving low-income neighborhoods). Demand now keeps them booked for the entire school year, and they reach 30,000 kids annually.
And that’s what we’ll be using—stereo microscopes, fluorescence microscopes, and an electron microscope. They are all equipped with special high-def cameras that project onto monitors so that discussion and instruction center on shared experiences. And we’ll be experiencing the model of science education that is thrilling teachers and students.
NOTE: We can contribute our own samples to view—seashells, old coins, pet hairs, fabric swatches, egg shells, special paper, your favorite food, you name it.
BioBus was founded in 2008 by Ben Dubin-Thaler, PhD, to bring live research experiences to an exceptionally broad range of people—a full spectrum of ages, educational levels and backgrounds, economic circumstances, and cultural environments. The laboratory spaces they’ve created—now also including BioBase—are accessible and unintimidating. And their goal is to provide the experience—and excitement—of scientific discovery so that kids and adults can taste it, and recognize it as something attainable and desirable.
Ninety-five percent of the teachers in the schools they’ve visited want a return visit. And the kids send them love notes of gratitude:
Monday, May 23,
The BioBus will be parked in front of 138 W. 90th St (between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves), in front of St. Gregory the Great School. A protective awning is set up beside the bus.
Free for 2016 dues-paid SWINY member
$10 for nonmembers
REFUND/CANCELATION POLICY: SWINY will refund admission fees provided we are notified by noon of the first business day before the event (eg, for a Monday event, notification must be received by noon of the preceding Friday; for a Tuesday event, it is noon of the preceding Monday).