More than half of students from low‑income households
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Glowing Guppies: A Lesson in Fluorescent Proteins
My students need a GloFish LED Aquarium Kit and live animal specimens, including fluorescent zebra fish, to learn about proteins during our biochemistry unit.
Chemistry and the abstract concepts of atoms, molecules and particles are very difficult for my students to understand, especially when they have grown into highly visual and hands-on learners due to the environment that they are growing up in.
My high school biology students from Arkansas have grown up in an area split down racial and economic lines.
My students, who are not Pre-AP or AP have been left with few science supplies continue to slip farther and farther behind academically. The one thing that unifies these students is the environment that has shaped them into visual learners. Textbooks and lectures need to be paired visual stimulation for academic material internalization.
In class after each lesson, students are given a period to perform a lab using materials in the classroom. A simplified version of a genetics lab, isolating the pGLO protein will be completed and the GloFish will be used a experimental evidence in support of the exploration the class has completed. The fish will also be used during an animal behavior observation unit later on.
My fondest memories in science class were those experiences where I could see science playing out in front of me, where I could touch, feel and see how biology played out in the real world.
This project would allow my students to have those same experiences that I found to be so important to the development of my love for science.
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