3 December 2018
BioEYES Australia is a science outreach program that covers curricula in genetics, cell biology and developmental biology, but more importantly excites students about the thrill of scientific discovery. Over a 1 week incursion, students set up matings between live zebrafish, collect the resulting embryos and watch as the transparent embryos grow and develop into free-swimming larvae.
BioEYES Australia is run through the Monash Biomedical Discovery Institute (BDI) and the Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute (ARMI) at Monash University. The program aims to:
In 2018 BioEYES Australia will reach 2463 students at 36 different Victorian schools – over 25% of these schools are underrepresented or rural.
Previously, BioEYES has received start-up funds from federal and state governments, but unfortunately this support is not ongoing. As the demand for the BioEYES program increases, current funding in support of BioEYES Australia (from the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute and the Monash Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute) falls short of what is required to meet increasing demand of schools for the program and thus BioEYES must seek support from grants and gifts in order to sustain its budget.