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BioEYES engages students in hands-on research

Image credit: Photograph by Christopher Myers

These speedy little darters are called zebrafish, and over five years starting in 2010, more than 19,000 K-12 students raised a bunch of them from embryos as part of a Johns Hopkins educational research project called BioEYES. According to co-author and Johns Hopkins biologist Steven A. Farber, engaging the students in hands-on research leads to greater understanding of biological concepts, prompts better focus on the subject compared to textbook study, and enhances their appetite for science.