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To actively engage students in scientific thought through high interest hands on activities.

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Hands on Genetics

School:
Bay Point Middle School 
Subject:
Science 
Teacher:
Sarah Swoch 
Students Impacted:
500 
Grade:
Date:
February 11, 2014

Investors

Thank you to the following investors for funding this grant.

 

Patty Corwin - $25.00

The Pinellas Education Foundation - $538.55

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Goal

To actively engage students in scientific thought through high interest hands on activities. 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will be able to use hands on explorations to extend their knowledge and apply what they have learned to the real world. They will use corn to examine how genes are passed from parent to offspring and the ratios involved in a monohybrid cross. They will also extract DNA from strawberries and experience what real DNA looks and feels like while learning about the structure of DNA.  

 

Benefits to my students

Students will be actively engaged in learning. This improves test scores and therefore gives students opportunities they would not otherwise have. The other benefit is that my students are able to experience the act of science and learn about scientific thought when they can participate in real experiments. What would you rather do? Extract DNA from a strawberry and see and feel the genetic material or just look at pictures in a book? My students are not exposed to the idea that learning is fun. They don't often visit museums and science camps. I need to show them that learning can be fun by bringing exciting science experiences into the classroom. 

 

Describe the Students

My students are seventh grade, primarily Black, recipients of free lunch (and breakfast and dinner), and are low performers on standardized tests. I have a mix of ESE, ESOL, and traditional learners. 

 

Budget Narrative

Through Wisconsin Fast Plants students can cross plants just like Mendel did to see the resulting offspring. They get the make the same discoveries he did through modeling the experiments. The corn supplements this idea so students can see many generations of crosses in a short time. Finally the DNA extraction kit allows students to extract the DNA from strawberries, and other foods of their choice so they can see the material that carries the genetic code. 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Wisconsin Fast Plants« 72-Hour Genetics Kit $56.95
2 Monohybrid Genetics with Corn Kit $119.95
3 Corn Monohybrid Genetics BioKit« $164.95
4 DNALC Strawberry DNA Extraction Kit $61.75
5 Inquiries in Science«: Comprehending Genetic Inheritance Kit $159.95
  Total: $563.55

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