The DNA Files



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.