Seeing Your DNA!

Seeing Your DNA!

Workshop Detail

  • Target Student: Standard 1 to Form 3 (7-15 years old) with adult supervision
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Workshop Fees: RM 45 per participant
  • Each participant will be given a certificate of participation upon completion.

 
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You’ve probably learned or heard about DNA, but have you ever seen it? With the Banana, Kiwi or Strawberry DNA experiment, you’ll extract, isolate, and observe the DNA of a fruit in a matter of minutes. It sounds impossible, but thanks to special characteristics of strawberries, it’s actually very possible… and simple. You don’t have to be a geneticist and you don’t need an electron microscope. It’s easy, fun, and all you need are some household materials.

 

Objective

  • To explain DNA to kids using a hands-on activity.
  • To develop understanding of DNA by modeling the process of DNA extraction.
  • Students need to learn about DNA in order to understand why there are “similarities and differences between parents and offspring, hereditary diseases, and the evolution of new species.”
  • Their knowledge of DNA will also help them understand how scientists manipulate genes in order to create new traits and varieties of organisms.