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Bio-Bus

Georgia State University started its Bio-Bus program in 1999. The mobile lab travels to schools and community groups within a one-hour radius of the university campus in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Inside the bus is a microscope station attached to a video display monitor and lab work benches that can accommodate 12-15 students. The exterior is decorated with a portrait of GSU's mascot--a blue panther named Pounce--clad in a white lab coat. Serving all precollege grades (K-12), the bus offers 12 teaching modules. One of the more recently-developed modules is "Medicinal Plants: Merging Science and Folklore," in which middle-school students test herbal remedies that are purported to have antimicrobial properties against a battery of bacterial and yeast strains.