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2 thoughts on “BioEYES: Inspiring Youth to Pursue Science”

  1. Steve and Valerie, thank you for telling us on the Node about this important and inspiring educational project, which I really enjoyed reading about. I hope your experience will stimulate other community minded scientists to build contacts with their local school communities, to share their expertise with school teachers and school children alike. What I particularly like about the BioEYEs project is that it provides a blueprint that others can build on or adapt to get working within their own school communities and also a source of information and expertise to turn to for advice.
    Can I ask what ages of children the BioEYEs project is aimed at and what the youngest ages are that you teach?

    1. Hi Jane,

      I’m glad you enjoyed reading about BioEYES. It’s true that with a zebrafish facility and an educator, this educational model can be easily replicated. We hope some of you are inspired to pursue this idea. If you do, we are happy to help you get started.

      To answer your question, our BioEYES educators have taught pre-K through 12th grade. We have curriculum available for 2nd, 5th, 7th, and 10th grades. Over the summer our Baltimore team taught pre-K through 3rd grade at the Hearing and Speech Agency’s Gateway School, where we modified our curriculum to adapt to the needs of students with communication and other disabilities, including autism. It was a successful and very rewarding experience!

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