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Travel Like You Give a Damn: Awesome Mobile Classrooms

Reminiscent of the old Bookmobile that brought books to inner cities and rural communities, education efforts on wheels are making a comeback.

The idea of bringing education, science, and the arts to youth via bus or mobile classroom has accelerated around the world from New York to California, London to Mexico. Reminiscent of the old Bookmobile that brought books to inner cities and rural communities, these education efforts on wheels are making a comeback and a real difference in children’s lives.

A popular example of this trend is the science-themed BioBus, which wows children with the internal workings of tiny organisms, enlarged body hair, and scary microscopic monsters. BioBus is the brainchild of Dr. Ben Dubin-Thalerand, who transformed a 1974 San Francisco transit bus into a mobile high tech lab. After only six years in operation, BioBus now reaches 20,000 students per year, visiting public schools, camps, parks and fairs in New York City and throughout the U.S. Beyond textbooks and formulas, the BioBus has succeeded by bringing the wonder of science back to kids and to spark imagination in many a child that would not typically have access to microscopes and cameras.

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