FlyLab – Hands-on experience in conducting scientific research for high school students using Drosophila melanogaster


CALL: 2015

DOMAIN: BM - Life Sciences, Biology and Medicine


LAST NAME: Goergen



HOST INSTITUTION: Lycée Michel Lucius


START: 2015-06-30

END: 2015-07-07


Submitted Abstract

2.2 Project summaryAim of the project: Provide high school students with hand-on experience in conducting scientific research using the model organism Drosophila melanogaster.Organised by: Biology teachers of the Lycée Michel Lucius (LML), Main organisers are Philip Goergen and Isabelle Buck. Target groups: Initially, English classes from 2ieme English (to 3ieme, depending on funding). Later stage: All high school classes.General IntroductionStudents from year 3ieme to 2ieme will have a 2 week long project in which they will design their own experiment, perform it, analyse the data and finally present it to their peers.Students will be introduced to the model organism Drosophila melanogaster (husbandry, anatomy, current Drosophila research and available tests) Students will then come up with a hypothesis and design their own experiments under supervision. The aim of their experiments can vary greatly but are limited by the number of tests available to them. For example they can test the effect of different substances or environmental factors on behaviour, activity, feeding activity or starvation resistance. Next, they will collect the flies necessary to perform the experiment and they will build the equipment for the experiment (if necessary). They will conduct their experiments and after data collection the students will analyse the data. The findings will be written up in a report that is structured as a scientific paper (thus consisting of an abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results and discussion) as well as being presented in poster-form to their fellow students. Furthermore, Dr Michael Williams, a researcher from Uppsala University working with Drosophila, will be invited to give a presentation about his current research as well as judge the poster presentations of the students. This 2 week long project should provide the student with knowledge of the scientific method and build a first scientific foundation on which he/she can build further scientific studies.Expected outcomesMain skills that the students should have learned at the end of the course•Design of an experiment.•Conduction of an experiment.•Analysis of results.•Scientific write-up of data.•Presentation of data.•Communication of data to peers and laymen.

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