BioEYES In the Press

"Jason Kelce's Eagles Education Season: Week 9," November 2019
Jason Kelce, The Philadelphia Citizen

"Growing up, I loved science. I had great teachers who made it come alive, and lots of opportunities to explore it in school. But that’s not the case for everyone. Having a daughter has made me think a lot about the discrepancies in math and science and the under-representation of women—as well as minorities, and people with disabilities—in science-related jobs. That’s why I was so psyched to learn about BioEYES, which is run out of Penn’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine, or IRM."

"Fish-breeding exercise a big hit with young students in UA school," October 2019
Alissa Widman Neese, The Columbus Dispatch

"The fourth-graders prodded the petri dish with a plastic pipette. They carefully used the tool to suck up debris and dirty water from the habitat filled with dozens of tiny fish embryos. One child paused; another gasped. During daily cleaning Thursday, they discovered that some of the embryos had finally emerged from their clear eggs. They were now zebrafish larvae. 'We have four ... five ... six?' announced a stunned Evan Liu. The 9-year-old excitedly turned to his classroom’s guests at Barrington Elementary School in Upper Arlington and guided the group to a microscope to view the transparent creatures up-close."

"Williams' BioEYES Program Expanding to Six More Schools," January 2019
Stephen Dravis, iBerkshires

"For 10 years, North County elementary students have been learning about how zebrafish populations multiply and grow through the BioEYES science program. This year, the program itself is multiplying with plans to go into more than twice as many schools throughout the region. BioEYES. . . has been used for a decade by Williams College professor Martha Marvin and Williams students to teach about genetics and basic biology in third- and fourth-grade classrooms."

"BioEYES: 2018 Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education," September 2018
Nicole Haloupek, GENETICS

"In classrooms from Philadelphia to Melbourne, kids huddle around a common interest: live zebrafish. The fish are not class pets—they are part of a hands-on educational experience provided by BioEYES, a program that earned its creators, geneticist Steven Farber and education expert Jamie Shuda, the Genetics Society of America’s 2018 Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education. BioEYES has come a long way since its creation in 2002. 'We’ve been around for 15 years and reached over 120,000 kids,' says Shuda. 'But it literally started with me driving around Philadelphia with fish in my backseat.'"

"Something (Zebra) Fishy is Going on in Classrooms: BioEYES Turns Kids on to Science," August 2018
Peta Owens-Liston, ARUP Laboratories

"What better way to teach children about science than to let them watch life develop right before their eyes? Some Utah schoolchildren are getting that opportunity with the help of volunteers from ARUP Laboratories through BioEYES, a national science education program offered through University of Utah (U of U) Health. Their reaction as they look through a microscope and see living cells evolve within zebrafish eggs is memorable, says Sue Reese, an ARUP medical technologist who spent a week last April with fifth-graders as a BioEYES volunteer."

"BioEYES program breeds curiosity, enthusiasm for science in Berkshire classrooms," January 2018
Jenn Smith, The Berkshire Eagle

"Over the course of three weeks, third-grade science classes in three local schools have been able to witness an underwater circle of life from the comfort of their classrooms. For eight years now, through the Winter Study program at Williams College, faculty and students have brought a hands-on biology program called BioEYES into area schools, adapted from a program at the University of Pennsylvania."

"This teacher gave kids fish instead of lectures, and it's turning them into scientists," January 2017
James Gaines, Upworthy

"Students at Commodore John Rogers School in Baltimore, Maryland, walk into class on a Monday and find their room transformed. Two high-powered microscopes sit at the back of the class, and each group of desks is topped with a transparent tank occupied by two small, delicate fish: one male, one female. For the next week, these kids will be scientists, and the fish are going to help them."

"Grades 5 and 7 Participate in BIOEYES Program," January 2017
Baldwin School, Current News Stories

"Fifth grade students observed male and female fish and identified genotypes of wild type zebra fish and albino fish. Students then reared fish eggs and predicted the appearance of their fish larvae. This is an exciting program we have done each year in fifth grade as an introduction to genetics. Students were able to view the development of a zebra fish egg for several days under the microscope. It was amazing to watch students as they observed an animal's eyes or spinal cord develop and then watch as they saw the fish heartbeat right before their eyes. "

"Williams Brings 'BioEyes' Back To Lanesborough Elementary," January 2017
Andy McKeever,

"It starts with a question: what do baby zebrafish look like? Then observation, noting what adult zebrafish look like and how they act. Then a hypothesis, an educated guess on what the babies will look like. And finally, an experiment, breed the fish and see. That's the scientific process third-graders are going through at Lanesborough Elementary School."

"Weeklong zebrafish experiment engages, excites students," January 2017
Tara García Mathewson, Education Dive

"Dissecting a frog has long been the standard animal lab in schools, but those that can afford to acquire and store live animals for an extended experiment like the one with zebrafish could be more effective at engaging students and teaching them the role of scientists.... This type of instruction can be more engaging for students and also more relevant to their future exploration of the field."

"Could zebrafish be the new science education recruiters?" January 2017
Laura Ascione Devaney, eSchool News

"'We expected the students to increase their understanding of the concepts they learned, but what is most promising is the positive increases in their attitudes towards the practice of science,' said first author Jamie Shuda, EdD, director of Outreach and Education at Penn’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine."

BioEYES educator Tracy Nelson on Preston and Steve's #NotYourAverageListener contest (starts at 1:21), December 2016
Preston and Steve, 93.3 WMMR

"Program relies on fish to inspire students to become future scientists," December 2016
Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun

"Children learn better by doing rather than just watching, research shows, and educators hope this program, which involves students breeding and raising zebrafish over a week, will engross them enough to learn something and maybe even develop a lasting fascination with natural science."

"Los peces cebra sacan al científico que todo niño lleva dentro," November 2016
El Servicio de Información y Noticias Científicas

"'Ahora sé lo que es ser un científico'. Esta es una de las afirmaciones realizadas por uno de los 20.000 niños menores de 12 años que participaron en un programa dentro del proyecto BioEYES, gracias al cual alumnos de EE UU han criado durante una semana a peces cebra desde su estadio embrionario."

"Tiny Transparent Zebrafish Making a Big Splash in Philly Classrooms," June 2016
Karen Kreeger, Penn Medicine News Blog

"'We are a community hub that provides hands-on curriculum to our neighborhood schools,' Shuda said. 'Our recipe for teacher professional development, coupled with co-teaching in the classroom serves as a model for sustainability, but also long-term impact during a teacher's career. BioEYES is also often the students' first exposure to live science. Our structure allows for over 3,000 kids a year to have this experience.'"

"Students become scientists in BioEYES program," March 2016
Heather A. Davis, Penn Current

"This spring, the BioEYES program celebrates a major milestone: It will serve its 100,000th student. That means in the 14 years since BioEYES began, 100,000 elementary, middle, and high school students from Philadelphia and four other sites have been exposed to innovative, hands-on lessons that get them excited about and interested in science. That’s a lot of students. And that’s a lot of zebrafish."

"Tiny Fish Teach Big Lessons," December 2015
Libby Mitchell, University of Utah Health Care

"In the classroom at Meadowlark, it was easy to see the process at work. Neugebauer asked the class what they think the small black dots on the larvae may be. Some guess gills. Some guess guts. Not one guess is discounted, but students are asked to explain the reasoning behind their guess. Finally, a student posits the dots may be the start of the stripes it will have as an adult. An answer that can be backed up with observable facts is found!"

"bioEYES program gives Utah students hands-on science experiences," November 2015
Bob Evans, Fox 13 News, Salt Lake City, UT

"'We're trying to get them hands-on experiences, where they can envision themselves as scientists, rather than them just opening up their notebooks to page 20,' said Dr. Judith Neugebauer, who works with the bioEYES program in Utah."

"City Springs Students Learn about the Watershed in Their Backyard," June 2015
Zachary Carey, City Springs EMS teacher writing for Baltimore Curriculum Project News

"These organizations allowed students to participate in enriching activities, including water testing, micro-invertebrate collection and observation, identifying and removing invasive species, hiking through the woods on a scavenger hunt, and of course, releasing our trout. The variety of activities provided an opportunity for students to stay engaged and find something uniquely interesting to them."

"Media Event: GM Awards Carnegie’s BioEYES Environmental Education Grant," September 2014
Carnegie Institution for Science

"The General Motors Corporation is presenting a $5,000.00 award to Carnegie’s BioEYES K-12 educational program on September 11, 2014, to deliver a two-week environmental curriculum, Your Watershed, Your Backyard. The program, established in 2008, is one of several BioEYES programs using live zebrafish in a hands-on approach to learning and focuses on local watersheds, pollution, and the Chesapeake Bay."

"Opening new eyes to science," August 2013
Monash College via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine
"'During activities such as BioEYES, I have regularly used scientific materials and equipment such as the microscope, which has enabled me to apply my knowledge to perform experiments and research. It was amazing to see the embryos grow in front of my eyes – I felt like a mother watching her babies grow up! I want to study pharmacy at Monash one day so programs such as BioEYES really help to develop the skills I need to achieve my dreams.'"

"Carnegie and GM Advance Kids Via Earth Day," April 2013
Carnegie Institution for Science
"Recent research shows that natural experiences in childhood boost creativity, stimulate learning, and improve behavior and health. Carnegie’s BioEYES educational program, in partnership with General Motors (GM), is capitalizing on this by sponsoring some 25–30 middle-school students from Guilford Elementary/Middle School to plant native shrubs for a wildlife habitat area at the White Marsh, MD, GM operations facility on April 25, 2013, in support of Earth Day. BioEYES partner Blue Water Baltimore is providing the shrubs for the project."

"Programs Partner Teachers, Students, and Scientists for Research," February 2013
Lynn Petrinjak, NSTA Reports

"Some teachers are partnering with scientists to create authentic research experiences to build student interest in science and increase their own content knowledge. While some of these partnerships arise informally, initiatives like BioEYES... help match scientists and teachers while providing professional development (PD) and more."

"BioEYES introduces schoolchildren to science," February 2013
Notre Dame Science, Department of Physics

"Over the past five years, BioEYES, a community outreach program of the Notre Dame extended Research Community (NDeRC), has introduced more than 12,750 local K-12 students to scientific research and biology concepts using zebrafish. The program, which has cooperated with 85 teachers in 41 schools, reached the end of its grant funding this year, but will resume for middle school students next semester with support from the College of Science and the departments of Physics and Biology."

"Focusing young eyes on biology," January 2013
Jenn Smith, North Adams Transcript via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine

"On Friday, the fourth-graders put their developing fish -- some creatures given names like 'Squishy,' 'Squirmy' and 'Nemo' -- under microscopes brought in by the college. Since zebrafish embryos are transparent, the students were able to observe organs, a heartbeat and blood flow in their specimens. Audible reactions from the kids ranged from 'whoa,' to 'eww' to 'weird.' 'I thought it was really fun to have fish in our school because we don’t get live animals here very often,' said fourth-grader Connor Cirullo."

"Making a Difference: Education at the 10th International Conference
on Zebrafish Development and Genetics," December 2012

Lara D. Hutson, Jennifer O. Liang, Michael A. Pickart, Chris Pierret,
and Henry G. Tomasciewicz; Zebrafish, Special Issue: Zebrafish in Education

The guest editors of this special issue of Zebrafish included BioEYES co-founder Dr. Jamie Shuda.

"When researchers converged on Madison this year at the 10th International Conference on Zebrafish Development and Genetics, a number of them, along with a contingent of teachers, administrators, and students, met over the course of two sessions of the 'Zebrafish in Education' Workshop. The zebrafish system has great potential to impact learning in a wide range of fields, including, but not limited to, developmental biology, genetics, evolutionary biology, toxicology, environmental science, disease mechanisms, drug development, and genetic engineering. Many groups throughout the world have begun using zebrafish in a wide variety of ways to facilitate K–12 and undergraduate learning."

"Hampden Students Release Tiny Trout into Stony Run," May 2012
Larry Perl, Baltimore Sun

"'Our fish will be leaving the building,' came the announcement over the public address system at Hampden Elementary/Middle School on May 3. Minutes later, 15 seventh-graders would rush 204 trout tykes in an ice cooler full of water to Roland Park to be released into the Stony Run. The student body had one last opportunity to visit the tiny rainbow trout that were grown from hatched eggs in the school's science lab starting early this year."

"Carnegie's BioEYES Honored Twofold," January 2012
Carnegie Institution for Science

"Carnegie’s educational outreach program, BioEYES, will be the recipient of the 2012 Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Prize from the Society for Developmental Biology. BioEYES founders Steve Farber and Jamie Shuda (University of Pennsylvania), will accept the award at the upcoming annual meeting of the society in Montreal in July."

"Carnegie's BioEYES Hosts Watershed Fieldtrip," November 2011
Carnegie Institution for Science

"Carnegie’s educational outreach program, BioEYES, has joined forces with General Motors (GM), and Earth Force to take Walter P. Carter Elementary/Middle School students on a knee-deep watershed lesson on December 1, 2011. The group will monitor water quality, sample aquatic insects (indicators of stream health), go on a nature walk, and identify water problems in the Herring Run watershed near the school to teach students about science, the environment, and much more."

"BioEYES aims to get students excited about science," January 2011
Andrea Appleton, Baltimore City Paper

"On a recent Friday morning, a class of fifth-graders at Coldstream Park Elementary were not so much attentive as enthralled. Some students oohed and aaahed over a microscope where an anesthetized zebrafish larva lay, its heart visibly beating through its transparent body. Others hunkered over petri dishes, murmuring and pointing."

"Turning Students on to Science," Summer 2010 (PDF file)
Elizabeth Finkel, Cosmos Magazine (Australia)

"How then to impart the awe and wonder of science back to jaded students? Enter BioEYES. BioEYES is a science activity based on the development of the zebrafish - a creature that has been causing lots of awe and wonder since it made its debut in labs a decade or so ago. Seeing these little striped fish swimming around the tank, it might not be too obvious why. It's when you see their eggs that the awe hits you. They are transparent: all the wondrous events that transform a yolky one-cell egg into a swimming fish take place right in front of your eyes."

"Promoting Science Through Project BioEYES," November 2010
Nora Zietz, Baltimore's Child via the Internet Archive Wayback Machine

"If your child attends one of about 38 public schools or a handful of lucky private schools in the Baltimore area, there is a good chance he or she can tell you why it makes evolutionary sense for a female zebrafish to lay 200 to 600 eggs a week. In fact, your youngster may have already told you more about the zebrafish and its genetic code, stem cell biology, and the impact of the environment on living organisms than you can remember from your own school days."

"Educational Pioneer BioEYES Goes Down Under," August 2010
Carnegie Instititution for Science

"The innovative, educational, outreach program BioEYES has now been adopted by Monash University and the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute. The down-under partnership program debuts this August. BioEYES is designed to foster an interest in and a love for science in elementary, middle, and high school students. Over the course of one week, students watch the transparent zebrafish, Danio rerio, grow from a single-celled zygote to a larval fish complete with a beating heart. Since its inception in 2002, BioEYES has served nearly 35,000 students in Philadelphia, Baltimore, and South Bend, Indiana. The Australian partnership is the program’s first foray abroad."

"Students Participate in National Science Program," July 2010
The Hearing and Speech Agency

"'The BioEYES project was over last Friday and today [Thursday] the children are still talking about it,' says Jill Berie, Educational Director at Gateway School. 'The project was perfect for our students,' she continued. 'Every child had a job, so every child had a chance to do real science and that is an idea we can continue to build upon.'"

"Making Science Exciting: BioEYES project brings live specimens, tools to classroom," October 2009
Jennifer Ochstein, South Bend Tribune

"Sixth-grader Danielle Turczyski couldn’t contain her enthusiasm as she peeked through her microscope. And that’s exactly what science teacher Jeff Meinhard wanted. 'I so want to be a scientist,” Meinhard overheard Danielle say. “They get to do this every day.'"

"Teachers Dive Into Workshop: ND Program Offers Experiments to Take Back to Classrooms," July 2008
Gene Stowe, South Bend Tribune

"Five days after the zebra fish eggs were fertilized in a University of Notre Dame laboratory, embryonic hearts were beating and some of the young, out of the egg sac, were floundering around the petri dish under the eyes of 27 Michiana teachers. The kindergarten through high school teachers were in class this summer to participate in an experiment they'll take back to their classrooms in the coming academic year, breathing new life into biology studies."

"A Conversation With Steven A. Farber:
To Teach Genetics, Zebra Fish Go to School," July 2008

Claudia Dreifus, The New York Times

"Kids like animals. The fish grab their interest. The teachers tell me that they don’t have attendance problems in the week we’re there. Most of the children we see are low-income.... Some of what we see is heartbreaking. We got a letter from a Philadelphia youngster named Dasha. She wrote us something like: 'I just wanted to thank you for coming to our class. I think you thought we were the worst class you ever had. All our teachers say that. Thank you for letting us use your microscope.' Can you imagine kids hearing that from teachers?"

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