Foundation Year student watching his experiment progress.
Foundation Year students are getting hooked on science after an experiment in breeding and raising zebrafish run by Monash University's Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI).
The Unit 2 Biology students join more than 600 Victorian students who have taken part in the BioEYES Australia program which was adapted from the successful US version.
The week-long experiment at the Monash College City campus enabled students to study the inheritance of pigment in zebrafish in practical classes and see first hand the development and growth.
During the week, University educators introduce students to scientific method as they breed and raise zebrafish, observing the fish's development under the microscope. As well as taking responsibility for their own fish, students must formulate hypotheses, record their observations and draw conclusions from their data.
"It was truly a meaningful and educational experiment" said student Lee (Jennifer) Wan-Ting . "As scientists, we studied the DNA code of a zebrafish which is very similar to the sequence of a human gene. When two different phenotype of zebrafish, one with stripe and one without breed, not all offspring have stripes. I really enjoyed it"