Your Watershed, Your Backyard: A Chesapeake Watershed Education Program to Encourage Stewardship in Students A Project of BioEYES & The Carnegie Institution for Science BaltimoreSusan ArtesScience Outreach Coordinator
BioEYES Science Outreach Program Steve Farber and Jamie Shuda developed BioEYES in 2001The Mission of all BioEYES projects:• to foster enthusiasm for science• to promote interest in biology-related fields• a hands-on, student- centered approach to learning. Photo courtesy of the New York Times July 29,2008
Why use Zebrafish? 1. Genes and organs similar to humans 2. Larvae are optically clear Adult females can lay many eggs every week 3. Embryos develop very quickly 4. Cost effective 5. Not only good model for humans, but also for small watershed fish 6. Incredibly compelling for students
Classic BioEYES Unit• Five day hands-on program following zebrafish development• Students treated as scientists and are responsible for all embryo care• Culminating experience - seeing the beating heart and circulatory system
Day 1: Observing Adult ZebrafishLiving organisms:• Capture attention• Increase interest• Engage imagination •Increase ability to relate to self •Make lessons more memorable
Day 2: Embryo Collection and ObservationYes! We have How many do embryos! you count?
Here are the things they are looking for Vs. Hatched Unhatched Microorganisms Vs. Coleps Brine shrimpHealthy Dead Vinegar eels
Some Statistics -Since 2001 over 18,000 students have participated!Philadelphia South Bend - Notre Dame• Started in 2001 •Started 2007• Over 15,000 students •Over 700 students and 28 teachers• Over 200 teachers trained• 3 new projects added Baltimore •Started in 2007 with 548 students and 22 teachers •This year over 1600 students and 33 teachers •Next year without YWYB projected over 2500 students •With YWYB funded 3700 students and 66 teachers!
Teachers - Important Partners• Teachers must attend training• Teachers co-teach the unit• After 3 years, teachers run the unit themselves• Carnegie’s Science Outreach will supply all materials• Carnegie Educator can add more teachers & students to the program
BIOEYES NEWEST ADDITION:Your Watershed, Your Backyard • Education and awareness while they are young • 6th and 7th grades • Hands-on, live organisms • Stewardship• Habitats, food chains, source and non source pollution• Information on local stream projects• Websites• Watershed related science careers
Water Collection & Water Quality Testing Field Trip Students will do on- site water quality testing Streams and rivers near their school will be selected prior to classes Harbor water will beStony Run collected and tested
Stony Run • Direct connection street to stream • Point and non- point pollutionOil on the grate Oil in the stream
Pollution & Erosion • Stony Run • Flooding residue • Storm drain • Erosion control attempt
Jones Falls Flooding remainsNon-point source pollutionor ‘Run-off’ Dumping The next level up in the watershed
The Baltimore Inner Harbor Point source Boat oil, gasoline Non-point source Street run-off
Watershed MapsStudents learn about theentire watershed
Going Local Baltimore County and City watersheds Jones Falls Watershed Students trace the flow of their local stream, Stony Run.
Zebrafish as a model• As before students cross adults and raise embryos• Now emphasize Chesapeake Watershed Test 3 water samples 1. Control embryo medium 2. Local stream 3. Main watershed river
Day 2 Embryos! Students care for their embryos and collect data Cleaning andCounting embryosfor survival rate ineach water sample
STUDENTS Wrote Lab ReportsHere are some of their comments:
YOUR WATERSHED, YOUR BACKYARD YWYB could reach 1,200 students and 30 teachers in Second year 1,685 its first year students, 30 returning teachers and 10 new teachersThird year 2,174 students,40 returning teachers and 10new teachers That’s over 5000 students in 3 years!
For more Information About BioEYESYour Watershed Your Backyard Contact: Susan Artes Carnegie Science Outreach Coordinator 410-246-3004 Artes@ciwemb.edu