In 2002, Dr. Steven Farber and Dr. Jamie Shuda started BioEYES at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Since then, our week-long, hands-on science education program, “Project BioEYES," followed Dr. Farber to the Carnegie’s Department of Embryology here in Baltimore and Dr. Shuda to the University of Pennsylvania, and then spread to brand-new centers at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana, Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. All together, the various BioEYES centers bring our program to an average of more than 9,000 students a year!
BioEYES Baltimore is also proud to host an environmental version of our program, “Your Watershed, Your Backyard,” first piloted in 2008 and been running strong ever since. This two-week-long program, produced with support from the Chesapeake Bay Trust, educates urban middle school students about stream ecology and has them raise zebrafish embryos in stream samples collected on field trips within their local watersheds.
The success of BioEYES has led to Drs. Farber and Shuda writing or being interviewed about the program’s impact on young scientists in publications like The Scientist, the Public Library of Science (PLoS), and The New York Times, as well as to our co-creators receiving the Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator prize in 2012 from the Society for Developmental Biology.
|A group of students observe the zebrafish in their mating tank during our flagship program, “Project BioEYES."||BioEYES co-creator Dr. Steven Farber helps students test the water quality of samples from their local streams for “Your watershed, Your Backyard."|
To learn more about BioEYES, please visit our website at www.bioeyes.org.