Science Bus is an organization based out of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. We are a community outreach organization which coordinates volunteers to visit local elementary schools with hands-on science lessons. Lessons usually include a demonstration, an experiment, and a discussion, and typically take about one hour. While each lesson teaches a concept, the overarching focus is to build positive associations with science. It is our hope that more young women and men, especially from groups that are currently underrepresented, will pursue higher education and careers in science.
Science Bus also hosts an annual "Science Olympics," in which elementary students are invited onto the Harvey Mudd campus for a day of friendly science-related competitions, cool demonstrations, and lunch with liquid nitrogen ice cream. This spring we will be hosting the third annual Science Olympics.
Science Bus is also piloting a High School Leadership program between Claremont High School and Montvue Elementary. This program incorporates mentors from Claremont High School in an after school program at Montvue Elementary, teaching critical thinking and the scientific process through an extended science fair experiment. At the end of the five week program, the elementary school students present their results and conclusions to parents, teachers, and friends through a science fair poster.