Teaching 3rd Grade about Zebrafish--BioEYES Winter 2022

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BioEYES brings tropical fish to 3rd-grade classrooms in Williamstown, Lanesborough and North Adams Elementary schools for a science teaching workshop. Elementary school students will breed fish at the school, then study their development and pigmentation throughout one week. Williams students will adapt BioEYES lesson plans to the science curriculum for the schools we visit, work with classroom teachers to introduce concepts in genetics and development, help the 3rd-grade students in the classroom, and assess elementary student learning. No zebrafish experience is necessary; during the first week, students will learn to set up fish matings and learn about embryonic development and the genetics of fish pigmentation as well as practice teaching the 3rd-grade BioEYES lesson plans with hands-on experiments using living animals. In the subsequent three weeks, students will present lessons at the schools and review assessment data. Time commitment: Week 1–approx. 6 hours total for program training and lesson preparation with additional outside-of-class time needed to create teaching posters, dates and times TBD Weeks 2 & 3–approx. 4 hours per day, times TBD dependent on elementary school schedules during regular school day between 8:30 am and 3:00 pm. Week 4–TBD; 4 hours per day if running a school program; minimal hours if not running an elementary school program. Renee Schiek currently serves as the liaison between Lanesborough Elementary School and the Williams Elementary Outreach, where Williams students teach hands-on science lessons at area elementary schools. She is a frequent substitute at Lanesborough ES and holds a degree in mechanical engineering. Martha Marvin is a Lecturer in Neuroscience at Williams College whose research focuses on heart development and stress responses in developing zebrafish embryos. She has facilitated Project BioEyes at Williams College since 2010.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 14
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: final project or presentation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: preference to seniors
Materials/Lab Fee: none
Attributes: EXPE Experiential Education Courses

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