The DNA Files


THE DNA FILES Evolution Workshop

THE DNA FILES Evolution Workshop is an introduction to DNA and evolution. Participants will build a DNA model, extract and examine DNA from wheat germ cells, and explore how DNA encodes information for building complete organisms. Building on these activities, participants will then investigate the fundamentals of evolution, including natural selection, genetic drift, and how organisms change over time.

The workshop is roughly 1.5 hours long, can accommodate 20–30 participants, and is suitable for 5th–7th graders or family groups working together.

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