THE DNA FILES INDIVIDUAL WORKSHOPS:
All of The DNA Files Individual Workshops begin with an introduction to DNA in which participants build a DNA model, extract and examine DNA from wheat germ cells, and explore how DNA encodes information for building complete organisms. Each workshop then includes additional activities that focus on a specific aspect of DNA and its role in our world.
Evolution: This workshop introduces participants to the concepts of natural selection, genetic drift, and how organisms change over time.
Comparing DNA: This workshop illustrates what participants can learn about themselves by comparing human DNA to that of other creatures.
Genetics of Climate Change: This workshop focuses on how global warming affects an organismís environment, DNA, and behavior.
About The DNA Files Workshops:
- Roughly 1.5 hours long.
- Can accommodate 20-30 participants.
- Filled with hands-on activities and based on current science.
- For use in informal education environments, for example museums, after school programs, home schools, or libraries.
- No prior knowledge about DNA is required for the educator or the participants; the workshops can be taught by non-scientists.
- Suitable for two audience demographics: 5th-7th graders or families. With families, children as young as 7 can participate in the workshops.
- Fully downloadable, including detailed teacherís guide, materials list, and graphics.