A “hippie bus” is the home of a mobile classroom in aBioBus, as the 1974 Volkswagen van is known to more than 25,000 elementary, middle and high school students.
The mobile lab houses state of the art microscopes, which students have used to observe microorganisms. And it visits local schools in Westchester County, New York.
“We spend anywhere from a day to six days at a school, depending on the number of students and what kind of program they do,” said Ben Dubin-Thaler, founder of the BioBus & Biobase in New York City. “If the students are bilingual or if they want a specific lesson on marine biology, we will make sure to tailor our staff.”
Dubin-Thaler likens the bus to mobile libraries that bring books to local neighborhoods and schools. “I had this model in my mind, you know, instead of bringing the kids to the classroom, you go to the kids,” he said.