BioEYES Summer Science Institute and COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the BioEYES Summer Science Institute (SSI) for 2020 is postponed. We are still accepting applications, and those who sign up now or who have already applied will be first in line when SSI resumes in 2021. No payment will be accepted until SSI 2021 is officially scheduled.

BioEYES Summer Science Institute


Course Objective

Equip teachers in grades 2–12 that are outside of our service areas with the knowledge, skills, and tools to deliver BioEYES programs in their classrooms as well as expose them to the field of embryology at a world-class research institution.


BioEYES is a hands-on, K–12 life science outreach and teacher professional development program that brings live fish into schools in order to bring science alive for kids, and for teachers! We help science teachers grow into teacher leaders. Because science doesn't have to be hard. Or boring.

We are now accepting applications for a 3-day course that will introduce participants to an amazing fish called the zebrafish that has revolutionized scientific research and how science can be taught in the classroom. While humans look different from zebrafish, we do have a similar physiology and share about 70% of their genes, so they are great for studying human biology and disease. One important advantage is that their young are see-through, making them fantastic for scientific research, and for the classroom.

The zebrafish facility at the Carnegie Institution for Science
The zebrafish facility at the Carnegie Institution for Science

At the BioEYES Summer Science Institute, teachers will:

  • Learn about the BioEYES curriculum and its alignment with educational standards
  • Practice what your students will experience during the BioEYES program
  • Tour our animal facilities (zebrafish, frog, fruit fly, axolotl, coral, and jellyfish!)
  • Conduct an experiment and practice real-world scientific techniques under the guidance of scientists at the Carnegie Institution
  • Present your experimental findings to an inclusive and welcoming audience of scientists and BioEYES Outreach professionals who will help you hone your leadership skills
  • Listen to accessible scientist talks
  • Be fully equipped with the knowledge and supplies to deliver BioEYES to students in your classroom when you return home

Who Can Apply

Teachers in grades 2–12. Click here to view the required application and to apply. This form can be submitted electronically, or downloaded and mailed to:

Valerie Butler, Carnegie Institution for Science, 3520 San Martin Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218


Carnegie Institution for Science
Deapartment of Embryology
3520 San Martin Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218

The Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Embryology
Baltimore, MD
The Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Embryology, Baltimore, MD

Key Dates

  • Application deadline: May 1, 2020 at midnight EST
  • Decisions will be announced via email: May 15, 2020
  • BioEYES Summer Science Institute: June 24–26, 2020, 9am – 3pm daily


$1,500. This includes three days of professional development, breakfast and lunch, free parking, BioEYES supply kit, digital teacher manual, digital student journal, and zebrafish embryos shipped to you when you're ready to run BioEYES in your classroom.

Airfare, transportation, lodging, and additional meals are not included. A nearby hotel, The Inn at the Colonnade, has quoted us a discounted group rate of $130–$160/night plus taxes (prices subject to change.)

Scholarships or discounts may be offered for Title I teachers, pending available funding.

About BioEYES

BioEYES empowers K–12 teachers to deliver engaging, student-centered approaches to science instruction that inspires today's students to become tomorrow's scientists. BioEYES has served over 140,000 students globally, and is currently based at 14 universities and science organizations in the US, Australia, and China.

About the Carnegie Institution for Science

For more than 110 years, the Carnegie Institution for Science has sustained a tradition of independent and original research, yielding important discoveries in the life, earth, and space sciences. Carnegie scientists have received the highest recognition for their work, including the Nobel Prize.


Please contact Valerie Butler, Baltimore BioEYES Program Manager, at

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