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Urban artists + electron microscopes = magnified artistic inspiration. Help bring the grease-powered BioBus to FIGMENT NYC

About this project

Life buzzes, beats, flows, and arranges itself in endless patterns, often on scales too small for us to see. Inside the BioBus -- a converted, carbon-neutral 1974 city bus -- anyone can use some of the world's most powerful microscopes to search out the beauty, mystery, and horror of an unfamiliar world.

The BioBus has been accepted to FIGMENT Arts Festival in NYC, but needs your help to get there. The BioBus will set up for FIGMENT on Governors Island on Saturday, June 9th and Sunday, June 10th, inviting thousands aboard for a chance to find artistic inspiration in the unfamiliar aesthetic of the microscopic world. Visitors will work hand-in-hand with a staff of five professional scientists who will help people explore the spiky hairs on the wing of a fly, or pollen grains that look like metallic soccer balls from outer space, or the fluorescent glowing insides of a plant cell. You can even bring your own samples to magnify, and we'll digitally record your discoverers to share on our website, www.biobus.org

ABOUT THE BIOBUS 

The BioBus is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit project based in the Bronx. The BioBus is a state-of-the-art mobile science lab housed on a carbon-neutral, converted 1974 San Francisco city bus. We travel to schools and communities across the country, where people of all ages board the BioBus for a chance to use research-grade microscopes under the guidance of professional scientists, and get to discover the amazing patterns and designs of nature impossible to see with just the naked eye.

Since 2008, over 50,000 people have been on board the BioBus, over 60% of whom are students from low-income communities. They inevitably leave awed and inspired after observing that there is much, much more going on -- right in front of their eyes -- than they can see.

The bus's engine has been converted to run on recycled vegetable oil. To power the lab, we have four solar panels on the roof and a wind turbine mounted on front. We have a green roof of native grasses and wildflowers that we can study inside in the lab.

HOW CAN YOU HELP MAKE MICROSCOPIC MAGIC HAPPEN?

We need donations to cover the cost of transporting the bus to and from Governor's Island as well as operating, insuring, and staffing the bus with five professional scientists for two full days. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

We play with microscopes every day -- and there is always more to find. We want you to come and play, too. Please?

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    A limited edition BioBus wristband.

    This and all contributions to the BioBus non-profit are tax-deductible.

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    A limited edition photograph taken with the electron microscope on board the BioBus @ Figment

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    A limited edition button with an electron microscope photo + Limited edition BioBus wristband

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    A limited edition BioBus t-shirt! + Limited edition BioBus wristband

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    One hour private workshop with Dr. Ben aboard the BioBus, where you will use some of the world's most powerful microscopes to record and print your own amazing images + Limited edition BioBus wristband

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