Studying a zebrafish might be the key to increasing students' science knowledge and attitudes toward science education--at least, that's what a five-year evaluation of 20,000 K-12 students indicates.

Students taking part in the Project BioEYES program were tested before and after the one-week program and demonstrated significant positive gains in learning in the post-test. Of eight knowledge questions, elementary students demonstrated significant positive gains on seven. Middle school students demonstrated significant positive gains on 8 of 9 knowledge questions.

The program uses live zebrafish to teach students about basic scientific principles, animal development and genetics. The zebrafish embryo is clear,...

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