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.
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.