Learning Resources

All pages listed here provide detailed information and explanations that accompany the free-to-download school biology lessons developed by the droso4schools project (in form of PowerPoint presentations with adjunct support materials: LINK). Explanations are in plain English designed to help teachers with lesson preparation, students with revision and homework task, but they also provide well illustrated information for all those who take an interest!

  • Lesson 1 – The climbing assay: learning data analysis through live experiments with fruit flies

    Using a simple experiment used in current research to learn data analysis skills, to organise experimental data into tables and graphs, interpret trends in data, and understand the importance of statistics and sample size

  • Lesson 2 – From gene to enzyme to evolution: using alcohol metabolism to illustrate fundamental concepts of biology

    Learning about metabolism and biological reactions, the genetic code, protein synthesis, genetic diversity and natural selection; including an enzymatic reaction experiment and an activity about the genetic code

  • Lesson 3 – Flying through the fundamental principles of the nervous system

    Learning about wiring principles of the nervous system, nerve impulses and transport across membranes, epilepsy, synapses; including experiments with epileptic and paralysed flies

  • Lesson 4 – Metabolic pathways: investigating the biology & chemistry of pigmentation

    Learning about skin colours, principles of enzymatic pathways, eye pigments in Drosophila and principles of evolution; including a chromatography experiments

  • Lesson 5 – Our vision: understanding light and light perception

    Learning about the nature of light, phototransduction, image processing, colour vision and colour blindness; including activities on electromagnetic waves, eye anatomy, phototransduction and a micro experiment with light diodes and “colour blind” flies

  • Lesson 6 [coming soon] – Rules of inheritance: from chromosomes to genes to disease

    Learning about cell division and cell cycle, genetic inheritance including disease and understanding scientific discovery processes; including an activity with Drosophila mutations