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Does Sunscreen Protect My DNA?
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In this laboratory experiment, learners explore how effectively different sunscreens protect yeast cells from damage caused by ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Learners may compare differing SPFs of the same brand of sunscreen or different brands with the same SPF. The experiment utilizes a strain of yeast that lacks several DNA repair mechanisms; UV-induced mutations lead to cell death. The experiment provides data for learners to make relative comparisons between sunscreens.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Genetic Science Learning Center
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
Teach.Genetics
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Genetic Science Learning Center
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Precollege Science Education Initiative for Biomedical Research Institutions Award
University of Utah
Date Added:
11/30/2002
From Coffee to Carbon
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In this activity, learners place cards featuring biological structures in order by their relative size from largest to smallest. The cards feature structures ranging from the carbon atom (340 pm) to a skin cell (30 ë_m) to a coffee bean (8 mm). This activity can also be used as a formative assessment or an anticipatory set.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Genetic Science Learning Center
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
Teach.Genetics
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Harmony Starr
Molly Malone
Science Education Partnership Award from the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health
Sheila Avery
Thomas Conley
University of Utah
Date Added:
11/30/2008
Generations of Traits
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In this hands-on activity, learners track and record the passage of colored "pompom traits" through three generations of gingerbread people. In doing so, learners discover that traits are passed from parents to offspring and that siblings may or may not receive the same traits from their parents. This guide includes activity sheets in English and Spanish.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
Genetic Science Learning Center
NSDL Staff
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
Teach.Genetics
Key Concepts in Biology
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
April Mitchell
Harmony Starr
Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Genetic Services Branch and the March of Dimes
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Precollege Science Education Initiative for Biomedical Research Institutions Award
Molly Malone
University of Utah
Date Added:
11/04/2006
Handy Family Tree
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In this bilingual (English/Spanish) activity, learners create family trees by tracing the hands of their family members. Learners list inherited traits like eye color, freckles, and chin shape on the fingers of the left hands and list learned traits like favorite foods, games, and pets on the fingers of the right hands. Learners assemble the hands to form trees. Use this family activity to help learners distinguish between inherited and learned traits.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Genetic Science Learning Center
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
Teach.Genetics
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Genetic Services Branch and the March of Dimes
University of Utah
Date Added:
11/30/2006
Have Your DNA and Eat It Too
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In this activity, learners build edible models of DNA, while learning basic DNA structure and the rules of base pairing. Learners construct the models out of licorice and colored marshmallows and create labels for the base pairs and backbone. This is an excellent activity to use at the end of a unit on DNA.

Subject:
Life Science
Chemistry
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
Genetic Science Learning Center
NSDL Staff
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
Teach.Genetics
Key Concepts in Biology
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Andee Bouwhuis
April Mitchell
Harmony Starr
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Precollege Science Education Initiative for Biomedical Research Institutions Award
Louisa Stark
Melvin Limson
Molly Malone
University of Utah
Date Added:
11/04/2004
Let's Clone a Mouse, Mouse, Mouse...
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Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer (SCNT) is a cloning method that involves transferring a nucleus from a somatic cell of the individual to be cloned to an enucleated egg. This activity simulates, step-by-step, the Honolulu technique for SCNT used by researchers at the University of Hawaii. It allows learners to be the scientist and carry out SCNT via paper illustrations.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
Genetic Science Learning Center
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
Teach.Genetics
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Andrew Semadeni
Harmony Starr
Louisa Stark
Mel Limson
Science Education Partnership Award from the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health
University of Utah
Date Added:
11/30/2002
Macromodel of Microarray
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This is an educator-led demonstration of microarray technology using a model created from a pizza box and ping-pong balls. This ‰"macroarray‰" model demonstrates how single-stranded DNA segments affixed to a solid support are used to separate and identify DNA segments in a solution.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
Genetic Science Learning Center
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
Teach.Genetics
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Andrew Semadeni
Craig C. Freudenrich
Harmony Starr
Molly Malone
Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) from the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services
University of Utah
Date Added:
11/30/2004
Pathways with Friends
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Directed by instructional cards, learners kinesthetically model cell communication by acting as components in a cell signaling pathway. Learners discover that cell communication is a multi-step process and that cells communicate via signaling pathways made of interacting components that sometimes change shape as a result of their interaction (conformational change).

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Data Set
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Genetic Science Learning Center
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
Teach.Genetics
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Barbara Egan
Chris Kuka
Christian Davies
Harmony Starr
Mary Hoelscher
Molly Malone
Science Education Partnership Award from the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health
University of Utah
Date Added:
11/30/2008
Reading DNA
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In this activity, learners use edible models of the DNA molecule to transcribe an mRNA sequence, and then translate it into a protein. This activity requires learners to have already constructed edible DNA models from the activity "Have Your DNA and Eat It Too" (see related resource).

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Data Set
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Genetic Science Learning Center
NSDL Staff
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
Teach.Genetics
Key Concepts in Biology
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
April Mitchell
Harmony Starr
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Precollege Science Education Initiative for Biomedical Research Institutions Award
Louisa Stark
Molly Malone
University of Utah
Date Added:
11/04/2004
A Recipe for Traits
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In this genetics activity, learners create and decode a "DNA recipe‰" for a dog by randomly selecting strips of paper that represent DNA. Then, learners decode the DNA recipe to reveal the physical traits of their dog and create a final drawing of the organism. Learners discover that differences in the DNA recipe lead to different traits by comparing their DNA recipes and dog drawings with the rest of the group to note similarities and differences. This guide features handouts for learners in English and Spanish.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Genetic Science Learning Center
NSDL Staff
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
Teach.Genetics
Key Concepts in Biology
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
April Mitchell
Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Genetic Services Branch and the March of Dimes
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Precollege Science Education Initiative for Biomedical Research Institutions Award
Molly Malone
Steven Kiger
University of Utah
Date Added:
11/04/2006
Risk Continuum
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This activity is a whole-group kinesthetic demonstration that shows learners what it means to be in a "risk group" for developing heart disease based on family history and genetics. Learners line up to represent a continuum, ranging from those who are at most at risk for developing heart disease to those who are least at risk.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Simulation
Provider:
Genetic Science Learning Center
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
Teach.Genetics
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Brendan Nicholson
Harmony Starr
Kevin Pompei
Louisa Stark
Molly Malone
University of Utah
Utah Department of Health Chronic Disease Genomics Program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Date Added:
11/30/2006
Traits Bingo
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In this game, learners cross off or color bingo squares in response to questions about their traits. This activity is designed to be used as a review following a unit on genetics, but can be used independently. Bingo game cards and questions featured in this activity are provided in English and Spanish. This resource also contains information about PTC safety.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Genetic Science Learning Center
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
Teach.Genetics
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Harmony Starr
Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Genetic Services Branch and the March of Dimes
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Precollege Science Education Initiative for Biomedical Research Institutions Award
Molly Malone
University of Utah
Date Added:
11/30/2006
A Tree of Genetic Traits
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Learners mark their traits for tongue rolling, PTC tasting (a harmless, bitter chemical), and earlobe attachment on tree leaf cut-outs. They then place their leaves on a large tree with branches, in which each each branch represents a different combination of traits. When completed, the tree forms a visual representation of the frequency of trait combinations within the group. Included are handouts in English and Spanish. This resource also contains information about PTC safety.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Genetic Science Learning Center
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
Teach.Genetics
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
April Mitchell
Harmony Starr
Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Genetic Services Branch and the March of Dimes
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Precollege Science Education Initiative for Biomedical Research Institutions Award
Molly Malone
University of Utah
Date Added:
11/30/2006