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Here we describe our experiences with K-12 teachers bringing inquiry-based activities and current life sciences research into the classrooms.


    1. About us: collaborations between teachers and researchers.
    2. Inquiry-based teaching: information and resources
    3. Zebrafish in the Classroom
    4. An evolutionary biology field-trip in the IU Jordan Hall Atrium

      July 2011 - Ms Carol Carter (Clear Creek Elementary School - funded through an NSF-RET supplement to the the Animal Behavior REU) wrote and published an article in the Hoosier Science Teacher about her experiences with zebrafish in her classroom, and presented her results also as a poster at Behavior 2011, the joint meeting of the Animal Behavior Society and the International Ethological Congress.

      July 2010 - Ms Carol Carter (Clear Creek Elementary School - funded through an NSF-RET supplement to the the Animal Behavior REU) developed lesson plans and materials for her third-grade students to conduct zebrafish experiments in her classroom. She implemented those plans the following year, taking the students also on a field trip to the Wonderlab, and reporting on her experiences at the annual meeting of HASTI (Hoosier Association of Science Teachers, Inc.)

      July 2007 - Ms. Kathy Daniels (New Castle Chrystler High - funded through an NSF-RET supplement to the Animal Behavior REU) developed materials for a field trip focusing on convergent and divergent evolution for local high school classes visiting the Jordan Hall atrium. Ms. Barb Curry (Aurora High School, funded through HHMI-Summer Research Institute) assisted. Ms. Mary Jo Fuson (Bloomington North High) and Ms. Christie Skilbred (Edgewood High) also participated in the HHMI-Summer Research Institute and assisted in the zebrafish lab.

      July 2006 - Ms. Deanna Soper (funded by NSF RET) and Ms. Kathy Daniels (New Castle Chrystler High - funded through HHMI-Summer Research Institutes) planned and executed an experiment measuring behavioral variation across strains of zebrafish.

      January 2006 - The Martins lab obtained an RET supplement to an grant from the National Science Foundation to support an extended summer research experience for Ms. Deanna Soper (Crown Point High).

      July 2005 - Three high school teachers (Ms. Vickie Bertram, Ms. Joyce Williams, Ms. Deanna Soper) participate in the HHMI-sponsored Summer Research Institute at Indiana University and are placed with the Martins lab for a research experience. During two weeks, they designed and conducted an experiment with zebrafish. During the following eight weeks, Ms. Bertram developed the experience into lesson plans for a high school biology course.