The Aquaneering Sales Team is heading to the World Aquaculture Society meeting in Nashville next week to participate in the annual Zebrafish Husbandry Workshop on February 22nd - 23rd. Mark Francis, the president of Aquaneering, originated the workshop over 10 years ago, and attendance has grown every year since. This year we are pleased to sponsor Dr. Arthur Popper, a renowned expert on fish hearing, as the keynote speaker. In addition to the sections on fish disease organized each year by Dr. Michael Kent, the Zebrafish Husbandry Association also solicits, reviews and organizes talks for the session. Nutrition, education, husbandry, breeding, housing, facility organization and speakers from the aquaculture side are all featured. Most attendees cite the freewheeling discussion at the Town Hall Meeting at the conclusion of the workshop as the highlight of the session.
AQUANEERING – Partnering with Science Education
"One of the foremost challenges associated with using zebrafish in a classroom is housing.”
(James Sonju, Principal of Lincoln K-8 Choice School)
Aquaneering donated THREE of its eRacks to schools who submitted proposals to the “Zebrafish in Education” committee. The lucky schools are:
Lincoln K-8 Choice School in Rochester, MN (teachers trained under the InSciEd Out Program)
Hampshire Regional High School, Westhampton, MA (teachers trained under the Bio Eyes Program)
Ciencia Al Tiro, 7th and 8th Grades in Valparaiso, Chile
Students at Lincoln K-8 Choice School using the eRack to conduct science projects with zebrafish.
Students at Lincoln K-8 Choice School checking pH levels on the eRack.
Students at Lincoln K-8 Choice School adjusting the water flow on the eRack.
Where will the next generation of scientists come from? How will students, especially those from limited income areas, be exposed to scientific procedures in an exciting and engaged way for grades K-12?
One way is through the exciting and rapidly growing Zebrafish in Education Programs which were the focus of an Education Workshop at the 10th International Conference on Zebrafish Development and Genetics at Madison, Wisconsin in July 2012.
Several programs that are training science teachers how to use zebrafish in the classroom are realizing big educational benefits and have test scores to prove it. The zebrafish system has great potential to impact learning in a wide range of fields, including, but not limited to, developmental biology, genetics, evolutionary biology, toxicology, environmental science, disease mechanisms, drug development, and genetic engineering.
BioEYES, the first outreach program to employ zebrafish broadly in the K-12 classroom was founded by Steve Farber of the Carnegie Institution for Science, and has reached over 70,000 students in the Baltimore, Philadelphia, South Bend, IN, and several other cities.
The InSciEd Out Program (Integrated Science Education Outreach) is a collaboration of the Steve Ekker Lab at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota with Winona State University, Rochester public schools, and businesses. The program has impacted over 3,000 Minnesota students to date.
A similar program between the University of Buffalo, Buffalo State University, and Buffalo Public Schools is called Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership (ISEP). It hosts up to 60 middle and high school teachers each summer to participate in internships and work in research laboratories.
Other programs are developing in Chile, Germany, and other cities in the US. Partnership programs are developing between US schools and schools in Ghana and India.
Together, we can raise the next generation of scientists!
Manuales en español!
Zebrafish Stand Alone System Manuals Now Available in Spanish
Thanks to the hard work of Eduardo Díaz García of CNIC in Madrid, Lina Gervais, and our in-house translators, Aquaneering is pleased to offer the Zebrafish Stand Alone System Manual in Spanish. Contact us if you would like a copy of the manual in Spanish. Quick-reference maintenance placards in Spanish and French are also available.
New Product Spotlight: Reusable Filter Pad
Aquaneering is pleased to announce our new Reusable Solid Particle Filter, the greener alternative to consumable filter pads.
Eliminates constant filter pad replacement and waste
Contact us for more information on our reusable filter pads.