Together with Dr. Jamie Shuda, Steve Farber created a Science Outreach Program, Project BioEYES, that incorporates life science and laboratory education using zebrafish. The outreach program has two main components: educating teachers through hands-on training and tours of our zebrafish facility, and bringing the zebrafish to K-12th grade classrooms for hands-on experiments. The program teaches students about science literacy, genetics, the experimental process, and the cardiovascular system through the use of live zebrafish.
The mission of BioEYES is to foster an enthusiasm for science education, promote interest for future participation in a biology-related field, and allow all students the opportunity to learn life science through a hands-on, student-centered approach to instruction. The goals of the program encompass educating the community about life science and incorporating live research as the primary teaching tool. We provide our services to all students and teachers regardless of community, poverty or race. Project BioEYES is currently serving children in Philadelphia, PA; Baltimore, MD; Salt Lake City, UT; and Melbourne, Australia public and private school districts.
This program has garnered significant excitement among primary school faculty in the region and the scientific press. Since we began, over 100,000 students have participated in our in-class zebrafish unit.