Bio-Community Back to School Launch: Connecting Volunteers with Northern California Schools, BBI’s flagship project for connecting life science volunteers with educators, has re-launched with new partner, National Lab Day (NLD), migrating to a user-friendly platform that will help  bolster and scale STEM- (science, technology, engineering & math) supporting interactions throughout the Northern California region.

Bio-Community. org is built on the successful National Lab Day platform and serves as NLD’s Northern California life science partner, connecting STEM professionals to Northern California classrooms to positively impact STEM education in the region and beyond.

September 15th Back-to-School Kick Off with NLD

 State Superintendent Jack O’Connell

Actress Erin Cummings, Dr. Abbey Ward on new Fall series Detroit 1-8-7, co-MC’s the event

On September 15th, BBI joined National Lab Day for a back-to-school kick-off event hosted by Hewlett Packard at the Computer History Museum in Redwood City. In addition to HP and Google executives, the event included an opening video-taped welcome from Secretary Arne Duncan and remarks from State Superintendent Jack O’Connell and NLD co-founder Josh Becker. IT and life science volunteers participated in a dynamic hands-on learning exercise with 75 5th and 6th graders from Ravenswood Middle and Barron Park Elementary Schools designed to demonstrate the value and fun of STEM-based interactions.  Oncomed Pharmaceuticals and Aramark were valuable contributors to the event, helping to outfit students and volunteers with lab coats for the hands-on learning exercise, and Oncomed employees participated in the event.

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State Superintendent Jack O’Connell
Barron Park Elementary School students participate in the hands-on-learning exercise

Developed by the BayBio Institute as a response to California’s declining education system, provides critical support to under-resourced classrooms and students with limited exposure to science and science role models. By harnessing the experience and passion of life science professionals, allows volunteers to “give back” at a level at which they are able by providing a menu of volunteer and fundable activities, including:

  •  in-class lab demonstrations
  • company tours
  • protocol review
  • equipment donations
  • student and teacher internships
  • career exploration and more makes it easy for grade 7-14 science educators throughout the region to post projects or events for which they need volunteer support. Life science professionals, in turn, are matched with a variety of remote and in-person volunteer opportunities in their areas of interest and expertise after creating a simple profile.

Join a growing network of professional volunteers and educators working together to enhance STEM education in our local communities. Become a member of Bio-Community today and help California build the next generation of life science professionals!