EDISON, NJ -- Although still in distance learning, sixth graders at The Wardlaw+Hartridge School in Edison were able to participate in the UPenn Medicine's Bioeyes program, albeit virtually. The educators at the program put together three slide-based modules to teach about genetics using zebrafish as models. The modules were designed to be used either in a guided or a self-study fashion with embedded videos and activities.
While the students didn't get a chance to view their own petri dish of zebrafish eggs or larvae, they were still able to learn about how these animal models are used in research and to hypothesize and collect data from a cross between the wild type and nacre (albino) fish. And, it was still hard to count those fast moving larvae!
The Wardlaw+Hartridge School (1295 Inman Ave., N. Edison) is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community.