BioEYES Explorers Pre-K

A young BioEYES Explorer tests out the digital Dinoscope.
A young BioEYES Explorer tests out the digital Dinoscope.
This program brings the BioEYES experience to pre-K students, allowing our youngest scientists to observe and lear The topics include:
  • What living things need to survive
  • Comparing humans to zebrafish
  • Learning about adult and baby zebrafish
  • Using scientific tools, such as a microscope

Project BioEYES Explorers Pre-K is currently only offered through our Philadelphia center.

Overview

The class is divided up into three group which rotate through three different stations over the course of the class (approximately one hour.)

Introduction: Whole Class

We will talk about what a zebrafish needs to survive and create a list on the board using images (not words). The students will discuss each item and decide if humans need them as well.

Station 1: Meet the Fish!

Students will start out by looking at adult fish and trying to determine the differences between the male and female zebrafish. Students will get a chance to use magnifying lenses to get a closer look. We will talk about the life cycle of a zebrafish: egg, embryo, larva, adult.

Station 2: Embryos and Larvae!

BioEYES Explorers get to be scientists by using real scientific equipment and gear.
BioEYES Explorers get to be scientists by using real scientific equipment and gear.

Students will use microscopes! Since this can be hard for young kids, we will bring one microscope that displays images on a small attached screen and another microscope (the Dinoscope) that attaches to a computer. This will allow the kids to observe the embryos and larva of the zebrafish. Students can visualize the heart, eyes, and backbone, and compare it to what makes up their own body.

Station 3: Be a Scientist!

We will bring lab coats, gloves, and safety goggles for the students to try on and "dress like a scientist." For extra practice using the microscope, the students can go on a "scavenger hunt" in the classroom looking for everyday items that they can bring to our Dinoscope for a closer look.

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