Mayo InSciEd Out program teaches students how to test the effects of vaping on zebrafish

Several zebrafish swim in a small tank.

Lincoln eighth-grader Sydney Schulz says she hears older students say vaping oils are harmless. Lab research she conducted herself says otherwise. She and her peers have been observing the effects of those oils on developing zebrafish.

The students are taking part in Mayo Clinic's Integrated Science Education Outreach — InSciEd Out — program that works with K-12 students.

InSciEd Out was initiated through Mayo's Center for Clinical and Translational Science in 2009 as a collaboration among Mayo Clinic, Winona State University-Rochester and Rochester Public Schools. Since then, it has grown to include additional collaborations in Florida, Illinois, India and Ghana.

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