Re-animating school biology lessons through teaching with living flies

Impact: Attitudes and behaviours, Awareness and understanding, Society and culture

Narrative

Andreas Prokop uses the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster as a powerful model to study nervous system ageing and degeneration. Inspired by this work, he and Manchester Fly Facility Manager Sanjai Patel launched the droso4schools initiative, collaborating with teachers to develop curriculum-relevant biology lessons including experiments with living flies that actively engage pupils. Their free lesson resources are downloaded worldwide, with >3,500 pupils on 6 continents having benefitted from this improved learning experience, as well as influencing pupils to choose science studies at university. Furthermore, droso4schools has inspired follower initiatives in Nigeria, Latin America, Indonesia, Croatia and Turkey, actively supported by Prokop and Patel.

Category of impact

  • Attitudes and behaviours
  • Awareness and understanding
  • Society and culture
Date
1 Aug 2013 - 31 Jul 2020

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