What happens to a science laboratory when you put it on a bus?

Let’s start with the obvious: mobility changes who has access to research experiences. Science on a bus is a public enterprise, subject to parking tickets and the interested eyes of passers-by. As the doors open and shut, as the windows pop open on a hot spring day, or if you break down on a busy bridge during rush hour, there’s no keycard-enabled door to lock, no turnstile to hide behind. Science on wheels is science in the streets.

Creating novel pathways into science, or plugging so-called leaky pipelines into our fields, is the most common rationale for mobilizing the laboratory. We know that hands-on, inquiry-driven research opportunities increase young people’s interest (and perception of belonging) in science.1 Bringing the biology lab to the block party, therefore, can change who is inspired to pursue a STEM career....

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