Week at Adams High School
posted by: abeebe
We have begun the week of BioEYES at Adams High School. Tomorrow we will see whether we have some successful mate choices or not.
OK-I’m back to report that egg production was pretty miserable!! We got ONE mating tank out of about 45 with embryos. It was a cross between a GLOfish and a striped wildtype. Again, it was very difficult to detect whether the offspring had that “fluorescent” pigment or not. I think that in order to correctly identify the phenotype, the experiment may need to run over the course of 2 to 4 weeks. For the fish to remain alive over the next few weeks, care is labor intensive-larvae are kept in beakers of system water which needs to be changed daily. Ambient temperature is at 83 degrees. Food is sprinkled in 3 to 5 times daily. Even with all this care, many of the organisms die. I may be able to have the technicians at Notre Dame raise the larvae, and then email the results to the students. What would be fun is to come back in a month with the fish for the students to observe in person. We will have to evaluate this, and see if it would be feasible. I have one more high school this semester (Clay High School) but it is the very last week of school so it wouldn’t work in that instance…
Check out some of Ms. Zablocki’s students in action here