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 Research-Based Science Instruction



"They do things on a level comparable to graduate students in college, and they are not just plugging information into someone else's running project.  Their experiments are innovative and new.  They break through new frontiers."

-Dr. Peter Moller, Research Associate, the American Museum of Natural History in NY and Professor of Biopsychology, C.U.N.Y.









Kava Decreases the Heart Rate of Daphnia

Recent research shows that students learn best when they are highly motivated by the nature of the material to be learned.  The RIP® promotes the desire to learn in students because it directs the instruction towards content material that is relevant to their lives, needs, and interests.  Just like career scientists who inquire to answer their own questions based on their own observations, experiences, and  understanding of the world, students who use RIP-based scientific inquiry as a model for thinking and learning science experience the richness, excitement, and rewards of learning about the natural world.



Click here to watch a student-made inquiry-based video

This movie was filmed and edited by a high school student as part of her contribution to an inquiry-based science education project using the RIP ®. The project was conducted by students at an inner-city Hawaiian Public Charter School and was implemented and overseen by ANOVA Science Education.

Catecholaminergic control of the electric organ discharge (EOD) in the African mormyrid Brienomyrus brachyistius


Charlie, Melissa, and Sheela discovering that the catecholamines norepinephrine and epinephrine control central and peripheral aspects of the electric communication signal in mormyrid weakly discharging electric fish.



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