Bugscope

Session 2012-113 with Washington Township High School

Application

The School

School Name Washington Township High School
School Homepage wtps.org
Location Gloucester New Jersey, United States
Community Suburban
Type Public

The Class

Subjects Taught Biology
Grades Taught 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade
Number of Students 88

The Project

Project Title Fruit Fly Genetics Project
Insects To Study Fruit Fly
Project Description My students will be completing a 5 to 6 week project studying genetics in the fruit fly. During this project they will be learning all about the common fruit fly, its anatomy and why it is an ideal specimen to use to study genetics and inherited traits. In addition, they will be studying genetic traits and how they are passed down and acquired. Specifically they will be studying the sex-linked trait of eye color. I would love to use this tool as a way for them to gain more experiences with microscopes. I currently use dissecting and compound light microscopes in the classroom. My students are advanced students and will be taking more advanced classes, specifically Anatomy and Physiology/ AP Biology in which the understanding of SEM will be important to understand the material being presented. This would be a great way to introduce that tool to them. I would love them to see the anatomy of the fruit flies they are studying up close and personal. I currently teach them how to view fruit flies under the dissecting microscope in order to sex and count them in our genetics study. I think by using this tool they would have a better appreciation of the fruit fly. In addition, I think it would be a great way to engage them and get them excited about science!

Miscellaneous

Where did you hear about Bugscope? I heard of Bugscope while I was participating in an NSTA webinar on Virtual Microscopes.

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