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The BioDome Project (BDP)

About The BioDome Project (BDP)

With funding from Remake Learning’s Moonshot Grant, we are on a mission to create experimental, community-based STEM libraries – called BioDomes – for youth in Pittsburgh, PA. Inspired by the free community library model, these BioDomes will sit on accessible properties throughout the community, making their debut in the Hill District.

Each BioDome will be filled with both one-time and multi-use kits and experiments. Students will be able to use these kits to explore concepts in biology, anatomy, microbiology, microscopy, electronics, circuitry, and computer science.

The BioDome Project will help create and sustain a science-literate community and act as a cost-free way to engage youth in STEM education. While the ten BioDomes funded by the Moonshot Grant will be distributed throughout the Hill District, we hope that their impact will spread across the city, state, and country.

To succeed in our vision to design, build, judge, distribute, and further fund these BioDomes, we are calling upon local artists and the community. To get involved with this collaborative and impactful project, please email us at [email protected].

To donate to the future of The BioDome Project, please click the button below.

Get Your Own BioDome!

Want to support STEM learning in your own neighborhood?

We are now welcoming members of the community, nonprofits, businesses, and other organizations to purchase their own BioDome to put in their communities! Click below to purchase a box to put in front of your business, in your lobby, or right in your front yard!

Purchase of a BioDome goes towards supporting more free BioDomes in our community, and includes six months of free material replacements.

Click below to purchase!

General Guidelines for Use
  1. Adult Supervision: Ensure that experiments are conducted under adult supervision at all times, especially when involving potentially hazardous materials or equipment.
  2. Respectful Handling: Treat all materials and equipment with care and respect. Handle them gently to avoid damage and ensure their longevity for future users.
  3. Replenish Materials: After completing experiments, replenish any consumable items used from the provided stock. This ensures that the BDP is always stocked and ready for the next user.
  4. Cleanliness: Maintain cleanliness within the BDP. Clean up any spills or messes promptly to ensure a hygienic environment for all users.
  5. Return Items: Return all materials, equipment, and kits to their designated places after use. This includes ensuring that items are properly stored and secured to prevent loss or damage.
  6. Follow Instructions: Follow experiment instructions carefully to ensure accurate results and safe conduct. If unsure about any aspect of an experiment, seek clarification from provided resources or contact The Citizen Science Lab for assistance.
  7. Safety First: Prioritize safety at all times. Adhere to safety guidelines provided with each experiment and use appropriate protective gear when necessary.
  8. Document and Share: Document your experiments and findings. Share your experiences on social media, tagging “The Citizen Science Lab” to spread awareness and inspire others to engage in scientific exploration.
  9. Community Collaboration: Encourage community collaboration by sharing your experiences with neighbors and friends. Invite them to participate in BDP experiments and contribute to the shared pool of scientific knowledge.
  10. Feedback: Provide feedback to The Citizen Science Lab regarding your experiences with the BDPs. Your input helps improve the program and ensures it continues to meet the needs of the community.

By following these guidelines, you contribute to the success and sustainability of the BioDomePod program, fostering a culture of scientific curiosity and exploration within your community.

Donors + Sponsors

Awards + Recognition

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Hill District Lab
The Hill District location is currently under a relocated plan.

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South Hills Lab
1699 Washington Rd.
Suite 200
Pittsburgh PA 15228
(814) 830-3100

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