Day at the Whitney Lab Turns 30

Day at the Whitney Lab Turns 30

Published: Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Martindale Lab Laboratory Technician and Science Writer Brent Foster's article celebrating 30 years of the Day at the Whitney K-12 student education program was recently featured in The Register.

Thousands of students have participated in the Day at the Whitney Lab over the last 30 years. This program, created by faculty and volunteers at University of Florida’s Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, is designed to help children experience what it’s like being a scientist.

“This all started from a couple of moms who recognized a need and decided to do something about it,” said Barbara Battelle, a retired UF professor emerita who specialized in the biochemistry of vision.

“We tried to turn everything on its head,” Battelle said, explaining how science is sometimes approached with a didactic lens that limits perspective and wonder. “Our goal was to get kids to observe natural phenomena and ask questions.”

Read the full article in the June/July 2023 edition of The Register - First on the First Coast

Day at the Whitney Lab Celebrates 30 Years