Project BioEYES

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Program Category: Fee Structure, Free, Grade Level, 3 - 6, 7 - 8, 9 - 12, and K-2Program Tags: bioeyes, PennSTEM, and zebrafish

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  • Mission

    The mission of BioEYES is to foster enthusiasm for science by offering students opportunities to explore life science through real world applications using a hands-on approach to learning.

    In the Classroom

    The goal of our classroom units is to teach conceptual understanding of life science content and processing skills while exciting children to the thrill of scientific discovery. When children are appointed as scientists, they participate in a fun exercise that breaks down stereotypes about both science and scientists (e.g. scientists are “out of touch with society” or are only stoic middle age males who have no fun). This is stimulating and educational for both the teacher and students. Through our program’s services, we are impacting future scientists and doctors by educating these young citizens to think critically and scientifically.

    We aim to improve informal science education experiences beyond the classroom experiments by providing teachers with the training, resources, and support to conduct and develop their own curricula.


    Local and national objectives of the current program are:

    • To continue bringing live zebrafish experiments into 2nd-12th grade classrooms
    • To pilot new environmental science units to middle and high school classrooms
    • To design and develop teacher resources to accompany all activities
    • To train all grade cluster teachers (elementary, middle and high school) to bring these creative science units into their classrooms with either a guided or a more autonomous capability
    • To host high school interns in our after school and summer laboratory programs, fostering independent research projects
    • To help support other universities interested in adopting BioEYES to serve their local schools

    Organization Name: BioEYES/ University of Pennsylvania
    Organization Street Address: 3400 Civic Ctr Blvd, 9th Floor
    Organization City, State, Zip: Philadelphia, PA 19104
    Organization Phone Number: 2157467679
    Short Description of Organization:

    The mission of BioEYES is to foster enthusiasm for science by offering students opportunities to explore life science through real world applications using a hands-on approach to learning. Presently we offer a variety of zebrafish based experiments for in the classroom.

    Program Street Address: 3400 Civic Ctr Blvd
    Program Phone Number: 2157467679
    Which one best describes your organization?: Non-Profit
    Which one best describes your program?: Outreach - mobile (you travel to groups of students)
    Is your program delivered in collaboration with external partners?: No
    Accepting Mentors: No


    Is STEM the "core" of your program?: Yes
    Which type of STEM programming do you offer? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Biochemistry
    • Chemistry
    • Mathematics
    • Other
    Which other activities does your STEM program include? (choose All that apply):
    • Project-Based Learning
    • Workforce Development
    Does your program use volunteer STEM mentors?: Yes


    Where is your STEM program offered? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Center City
    • South Philadelphia
    • Southwest Philadelphia
    • West Philadelphia
    • Lower North Philadelphia
    • Bridesburg-Kensington-Richmond
    • Roxborough-Manayunk
    • Germantown-Chestnut Hill
    • Olney-Oak Lane
    • Near Northeast Philadelphia
    • Far Northeast Philadelphia
    When does your STEM program take place? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Spring
    • During school


    How many children does your program serve each year? Numbers can be estimates.: Over 2000 individuals
    How many hours/week does each child participate? Numbers can be estimates, and can be specific to a season or semester.: Between 5 and 10 hours per week
    Which ages/grades does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Kindergarten - 2nd grade
    • 3rd - 6th grade
    • 7th - 8th grade
    • 9th -12th grade
    Which gender(s) does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Girls
    • Boys
    Which ethnic/racial populations does your STEM program serve?:
    • African-American
    • Latino
    • Caucasian
    • Asian
    • Native American
    • Middle Eastern
    • Multi-Ethnic
    What percentage of your participants are eligible for free or reduced lunch? Percentages can be estimates.*: 26-50%
    Who can participate in your STEM program?: Groups only
    Can your STEM program accommodate youth with special needs?: Yes (please explain)
    If you chose "yes" for the question above, please explain how you are able to accommodate youth with special needs.:

    Our curricula is adaptable to various ages and special needs upon request.


    Do participants need to pay for your STEM program?: No
    Is transportation to and from your program provided?: No we travel to sites and students.


    Please place your additional comments in the section below.:

    There is no fee for Philadelphia public and charter schools. There is a fee for private schools and schools outside Philadelphia. Please contact for pricing.


    Please select the applicable categories: Fee Structure, Free, Grade Level, 3 - 6, 7 - 8, 9 - 12, and K-2
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