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Thursday, February 4, 2016
Fifth Graders Study Genetic Mutations at DNALC Laboratory
The visit was conducted through our partnership with the DNALC for a several weeks' long DNA science unit. While at the Learning Center, the boys completed two rounds of investigations, met a scientist, and explored the Learning Center’s museum.
At the Learning Center's museum, the boys viewed a full-size, 3D printed replica of Otzi, the 5000-year-old ice man who was discovered by skiers in the Alps, and they learned how scientists discerned his age, health, occupation, and travel history using molecular biology.
The boys came home with many new ideas and great questions they will explore as they continue their study of DNA with their teachers and DNALC educators.
This unit in Fifth Grade, as well as the partnership with DNALC in Eighth Grade, which involves an original DNA research project, afford our boys the valuable opportunity to interact with and learn in a hands-on way from scientists at the forefront of exciting DNA research. Imagine how inspiring this is for our fifth graders!