The Eye, Our Super Hero

This BioBox unlocks the mystery of the eye and how it is truly a super hero. Our eyes allow us to discover the world around us, to recognize those we love, to read and gather information, to be entertained, and even to navigate getting from one place to another. So, this is why we have focused an entire month of experiments on the eye – there is just so much to discover.

This BioBox has 5 incredible experiments. Each is marked with the approximate time to complete. Remember – no need to complete all in one sitting! This has been designed to keep your child engaged for multiple days of fun. We recommend beginning with Experiment 1. The others can be completed in any order. Enjoy

Included in this box:

Dissecting tray

Authentic dissecting tools – fine point scissors, forceps

Preserved sheep eye

Goggles

Gloves (for parents and kids)

Optical illusion charts

Slide of insect eye

Lab notebook – with background information, detailed directions, tips and tricks

Also included is a link to an engaging video that gives clarity and extra experimental details particularly focusing on the sheep eye– all with a touch of humor. Check out the video

Details of the Box:

Experiment 1: Sheep Eye

If you want to learn how something works, it is best to first take a close look at all of the parts. This BioBox allows you to really “see how we see” by first looking at the parts of the eye. While pictures and models give some information, there is no substitute for examining a real eye. This is why we have included a preserved sheep eye to examine and dissect. Now we know some of you are saying “no way – not me”, but this is consistently the highlight of the box, even for those initially apprehensive!

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First, watch the Eye video - it gives a great overview as well as helpful tips.

We encourage adult supervision for this experiment. This ensures safety and enables your child to gain the most from the experience. It will give you so much to talk about! Ask questions that encourage curiosity – how is the sheep eye similar to your own eye? Why is the iris colorful? Why is there a gap in the middle that we call the pupil? Some of these questions will be answered in the lab notebook, while others may lead you on a hunt to do your own research.

3 structures to notice – the lens, the retina, and the blind spot. These will be the focus of the additional experiments in this BioBox.

Experiments 2-4: visual tests and optical illusions

After you have taken a close look at the eye, you will be ready to see what each part does to help you see. These experiments explore how the lens allows you to see at various distances, how the retina allows you to see in black and white as well as color, and how the blind spot is the gateway of images going to the brain.

These are really fun and are great for a group. They can be passed around to see how everyone responds. These experiments also allow your child to collect data – an important part of being a scientist! The more data, the better the results.

 
 

Experiment 5: Insect eye slide

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This is your chance to pull out your microscope and see what an insect eye looks like. How is it similar to the sheep eye? How is it different? How do these features benefit each animal?

Let the epic experiments begin!

What an adventure – we are so glad you have joined us! Please let us know about your experiments – send pictures, give tips for other BioBoxers, share favorite results. #bioboxlabs

Thomas Flewelling