The Citizen Science Lab Lands $75,000 Grant – Thanks to KRS-One

Remake Learning gave a $75,000 Moonshot Grant to the Citizen Science Lab, a nonprofit organization that promotes STEM education to marginalized college students in Pittsburgh, PA. The Moonshot Grant was given to the Citizen Science Lab to support its objective to construct BioDomes, which are science-based experiment sharing boxes for local youth. 

The Citizen Science Lab is a hands-on laboratory where curious minds and science aficionados can investigate the life sciences. The BioDomes will include one-time and multi-use kits and experiments where students can explore concepts in:

  • Biology
  • Anatomy
  • Microbiology
  • Microscopy
  • Electronics
  • Circuitry
  • & Computer science

These science-based experiment sharing boxes will be built on accessible sites in Pittsburgh’s Hill District and will be inspired by the free community library model. According to The Citizen Science Lab’s founder, the BioDome Project can also be abbreviated as “BDP.” 

“As a nod to old school Hip-Hop group, Boogie Down Productions, The Biodome Project can also be abbreviated as BDP,” said Andre Samuel, Founder, President, & CEO of The Citizen Science Lab

“This group (BDP) has inspired me to connect my musical roots to science through both the programs we offer as well as our upcoming fundraiser festival, Masters of the Mic, which will be held on May 29th.” – Andre Samuel, Founder, President, & CEO of The Citizen Science Lab. 

Boogie Down Productions (BDP) is a hip-hop group formed in New York City in 1986 led by Lawrence “Kris” Parker, better known by his stage name KRS-One.

KRS-One, together with BDP, is a truly inspirational and motivational movement that is also politically active, having founded the Stop the Violence Movement. 

For almost 40 years, KRS-ONE continues to inspire many people through his hip-hop rap music, and in February 2022, he recently released a new album named I M A M C R U 1 2.

While The BioDome Project is commencing in the Hill District, The Citizen Science Lab intends to have a national influence. The Citizen Science Lab invites the public, educators, local artists, and volunteers to help design, produce, and distribute BioDomes.

Thanks to the inspirational legend of KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions, the Citizen Science Lab’s founder was inspired to build his BioDome project, and this inspiration led to the $75,000 grant. 

Through their knowledge and leadership, KRS-One and Boogie Down Productions hoped to inspire action, and the movement has done just that.