Teachers and schools

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Using epileptic flies for systematic drug screens Example epilepsy: the neuronal concept (top), experiencing epileptic flies (middle), and using epileptic flies for systematic drug screens (bottom).

Teachers and Schools

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Overview

Did you know that Drosophila can do far more in biology lessons than classical genetics like Mendel’s peas and can be used as a modern teaching tool for many curriculum-relevant specifications? This is explained in greater detail together with our existing resources on this blog.

In a nutshell, from the beginning of modern biology fruit flies have been at the forefront of biology research for a number of reasons (see our Why the fly? tab). Consequently, concepts of fundamental biology are usually extremely well established in flies and tend to be evolutionary well conserved. Therefore, Drosophila provides excellent means to kick-start your lessons on virtually every biology specification of the curriculum, spiced up with simple experiments or demonstrations. We work on examples in the areas of genetics, protein synthesis, gene technology, enzymes and enzymatic pathways, disease, the brain (synapses, action potentials), physiology (e.g. of the eye) or even dietary. To see how this works in practice, please read our school article.

We can help you make biology lessons fly in the classroom:

  • We can provide you with flies and fly food for crosses and demonstrations; see details on our Outreach resources page.
  • We can supply you with teaching materials, including simple experiments that fascinate pupils at all ages. A number of school lessons, using Drosophila as a modern teaching tool to convey curriculum relevant biology specification, can be downloaded for free together with teacher notes, instructions, risk assessments and activities. Additional online information to support these lessons, for example for homework tasks, is available. All these resources can be accessed through our droso4schools website. If you have topics in mind for which you would like to have curriculum-relevant fly-related teaching materials, please, get in contact.

See our “droso4schools” movie

Our school events & activities

School visits

Image drawn by a St. Christopher pupil after our fly event

Image drawn by a St. Christopher pupil after our fly eventDiscover Life Sciences Event, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester – 1 Dec 2015Discover Life Sciences Event, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester – 1 Dec 2015

  • Manchester Grammar – 16 May 2017
  • Animal Research Day, Faculty of Life Sciences, Manchester University – 29 March 2017
  • Loreto sixth form college – 27 March 2017
  • Manchester Grammar – 21 March 2017
  • Loreto sixth form college, Manchester – 13 March 2017
  • British Science Week, University of Manchester -14 to 17 March 2017
  • Loreto sixth form college, Manchester – 19 Jan 2017
  • Trinity School, Manchester – 16th Dec 2016
  • Audiolab Project, Manchester- 1 Nov 2016
  • Altrincham Grammar School – 11 Oct 2016
  • 9 month collaboration with Trinity CoE High School and Loreto Sixth Form College within the droso4schools project – Aug 2016 to June 2017
  • Y12 Mini Summer School, Faculty of Life Sciences – 25 July 2016
  • Y10 Work Experience Programme – 18 July 2016
  • Discover Life Sciences Event, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester – 12 July 2016
  • Ryburn Valley High, Fly Facility, 15 April 2016
  • St John’s RC Primary School, 05 April 2016
  • Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy, Fly Facility – 22 March 2016
  • British Science Week, University of Manchester -11 to 20 March 2016
  • Acacias Community Primary School – 27 Jan 2015
  • Discover Life Sciences Event, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester – 1 Dec 2015
  • Kings’ School, Chester, Genetics Roadshow – 19 Nov 2015
  • St Peter’s High School, Manchester – 19 Nov 2015
  • Aquinas College, Stockport- 02 Nov 2015
  • Cardinal Newman College, Lancashire, Collaboration – Nov 2015
  • Nelson & Colne College, Nelson – 06 Oct 2015
  • Year 12 Mini Summer School, Faculty of Life Sciences – 03 Aug 2015
  • Year 10 Work Experience Programme, Faculty of Life Sciences, Manchester University – 13 July 2015
  • Brookburn Primary School, Manchester – 6 June 2015
  • Animal Research Day, Faculty of Life Sciences, Manchester University – 25 March 2015
  • Ashton Sixth Form College, Manchester- 11 March 2015
  • Trinity School, Manchester – 10 March 2015
  • Xavarian Sixth Form College, Manchester- 4 March 2015
  • Cambridge HE+ program, Loreto College, Manchester- 25 Feb 2015
  • St Peter’s High School, Manchester – 11 Feb 2015
  • Manchester Grammar School –  02 Feb 2015
  • St Christopher’s CE High School, Lancashire –  28 Jan 2015
  • Trinity School, Manchester, Careers Day – Nov 2014
  • Cardinal Newman College, Lancashire, Collaboration – 25 Sept 2014
  • 3 month collaboration with Trinity CoE High School and Loreto Sixth Form College within the droso4schools project – Sept-Dec 2014
  • Cheadle Hulme High School, Cheadle – 11 July 2014
  • Bolton Muslim Girls’ School – 27 June 2014 Aquinas College, Manchester – TBC
Image drawn by another St. Christopher's student

Image drawn by another St. Christopher’s student

  • Connell Sixth Form College, Manchester Fly Facility – 23 June 2014
  • Manchester Communication Academy, Manchester – 20 June 2014
  • Animal Research Day, Faculty of Life Sciences, Manchester University – 2 April 2014
  • Bolton School Girls Division, Bolton – 13 Feb 2014
  • St Christopher’s CE High School, Lancashire – 28 Nov 2013
  • St Mary’s CE Primary School, Reddish – 18 Oct 2013
  • Animal Research Day, Faculty of Life Sciences, Manchester University – 17 Oct 2013
  • Bolton School Girls Division, Bolton – 9 Oct 2013
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Warrington – 13 June 2013
  • Bramhall High School, Stockport – 16 Nov 2012
  • The King’s School, Chester – 15 Nov 2012·

Students placed as teaching assistants (droso4schools project)

  • Sophie Demaine, University of Manchester – August 2016- Present
  • Joshua Heafield, University of Mnachester – August 2016- Present
  • Jennifer Harbottle, University of Aberdeen – January-March 2015
  • Patrick Stangward, University of Manchester – January-March 2015

(please, contact us if you are interested in such a placement)

CPD events

    • STEM Learning RCUK cutting edge programme – 13 July 2017
    • Royal Society Science event – 15 March 2017
    • MANCEP Teacher’s conference at Manchester Metropolitan University – 17 Feb 2017
    • Teacher’s Summer School, Faculty of Life Sciences, Manchester University – 11 July 2016
    • ASE Annual Conference, Birmingham – 8 January 2016
    • School-University Partnership, Networking Event, Manchester University – 21 October 2014
    • Teacher’s Summer School, Faculty of Life Sciences, Manchester University – 27 July 2015
    • Bringing Cutting Edge Science – CPD teacher event, Fly Facility, Manchester University – 23 March 2015
    • MANCEP Teacher’s conference at Manchester Metropolitan University – 13 Feb 2015
    • School-University Partnership, Networking Event, Manchester University – 15th Oct 2014
    • Teacher’s Summer School, Faculty of Life Sciences, Manchester University – 30 July 2014
    • Maths and Sciences Teachers Conference, Manchester University – 25 June 2014
    • Teachers’ Visit, Faculty of Life Science, Manchester University – 4 Feb 2014
    • School-University Partnership, Networking Event, Manchester University – 20th November 2013

Student essays about our school events

Student work experience at the Fly Facility

  • Since July 2011, 32 work experience students from Manchester schools have been placed at the Fly Facility. Please, contact us if you are interested.

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