Saturday (& Wednesday) DNA! Sessions

Add some DNA to your day . . . virtually!

Join us for exciting new Saturday DNA! sessions!

Eventbrite is used for Saturday DNA! registration and payment.

  • Access to each session must be reserved using Eventbrite.
  • Sessions will be presented using Zoom Meetings.
  • Sessions are $20.00 per single event connection ($30.00 if kit is shipped), plus Eventbrite registration fee. (Multiple viewers can watch on one computer connection.)
  • We will not accept connections from unregistered participants.
  • Seats for each session are limited to 35 Zoom participant connections and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The name and email address of each ticket purchaser must be included on your Eventbrite registration. We will not honor reservations that fail to provide this information. If you do not provide this information, your reservation will be cancelled and your registration fee will be refunded.
  • Once you are registered and payment is made, you will receive an email with virtual connection information and any required documents.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Virtual Lab: Candy Bar Phylogenetics (Age 10-14)

Phylogenetics is the practice of determining the evolutionary relatedness of organisms. In this field, scientists use both DNA evidence and shared traits to develop evolutionary trees that illustrate shared ancestries and relatedness among species. In this session, you will build evolutionary trees using candy bars. What traits are useful for determining candy relatedness? Will everyone build the same tree? Join us to find out!

In this activity, you will:

  • explore how to interpret an evolutionary tree;
  • practice selecting characters to make evolutionary trees;
  • build an evolutionary tree using candy bars; and
  • compare your results with other participants!

Participants need:

White chocolate, M&Ms, Twix, Snickers, 3 Musketeers, Milky Way

OR

Photos of these candies that can be printed from an emailed template.

Details:

  • Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • $20 per student
    REGISTER
Virtual Lab: Candy Bar Phylogenetics (Age 10-14)

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Virtual Lab: Candy Bar Phylogenetics (Age 10-14)

Phylogenetics is the practice of determining the evolutionary relatedness of organisms. In this field, scientists use both DNA evidence and shared traits to develop evolutionary trees that illustrate shared ancestries and relatedness among species. In this session, you will build evolutionary trees using candy bars. What traits are useful for determining candy relatedness? Will everyone build the same tree? Join us to find out!

In this activity, you will:

  • explore how to interpret an evolutionary tree;
  • practice selecting characters to make evolutionary trees;
  • build an evolutionary tree using candy bars; and
  • compare your results with other participants!

Participants need:

White chocolate, M&Ms, Twix, Snickers, 3 Musketeers, Milky Way

OR

Photos of these candies that can be printed from an emailed template.

Details:

  • Saturday, April 10, 2021, 10:00am - 11:00am
  • $20 per student
    REGISTER
Virtual Lab: Candy Bar Phylogenetics (Age 10-14)

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Virtual Lab: History and Mystery of Cell Theory (Age 10-14)

Cell theory is a basic principle of biology. It states that cells are the basic units of life, all living organisms are composed of cells, and cells come from pre-existing cells. In this session we will uncover the interesting history behind the invention of the microscope, which played a vital role in the development of cell theory.

In this activity, you will:

  • learn the history of the microscope and the parts of a modern compound microscope;
  • identify how microscopes contributed to development of cell theory; and
  • compare and contrast different cell samples magnified by a compound microscope.

Participants need:

  • Paper and pencil to record observations.

Details:

  • Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • $20 per student
    REGISTER
Virtual Lab: History and Mystery of Cell Theory (Age 10-14)

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Virtual Lab: History and Mystery of Cell Theory (Age 10-14)

Cell theory is a basic principle of biology. It states that cells are the basic units of life, all living organisms are composed of cells, and cells come from pre-existing cells. In this session we will uncover the interesting history behind the invention of the microscope, which played a vital role in the development of cell theory.

In this activity, you will:

  • learn the history of the microscope and the parts of a modern compound microscope;
  • identify how microscopes contributed to development of cell theory; and
  • compare and contrast different cell samples magnified by a compound microscope.

Participants need:

  • Paper and pencil to record observations.

Details:

  • Saturday, April 17, 2021, 10:00am - 11:00am
  • $20 per student
    REGISTER
Virtual Lab: History and Mystery of Cell Theory (Age 10-14)

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Virtual Lab: Less is More: Population Size and Genetic Drift (Age 12-16)

Evolution is more than just natural selection—sometimes it happens by random chance! Genetic drift is a force of evolution that can cause some alleles to disappear from a population completely, whether or not they’re harmful. Join us to explore the impact of genetic drift on populations of different sizes!

In this activity, you will:

  • model the role of genetic drift on populations of different sizes;
  • explore extreme cases of genetic drift like founder and bottleneck effects; and
  • discuss different mechanisms of evolution!

Participants need:

20 each of four different colors of beads or other small objects such as M&Ms, Skittles, Fruit Loops, Post-it notes…anything that you have 4 different colors of!

Details:

  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • $20 per student
    REGISTER
Virtual Lab: Less is More: Population Size and Genetic Drift (Age 12-16)

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Virtual Lab: Less is More: Population Size and Genetic Drift (Age 12-16)

Evolution is more than just natural selection—sometimes it happens by random chance! Genetic drift is a force of evolution that can cause some alleles to disappear from a population completely, whether or not they’re harmful. Join us to explore the impact of genetic drift on populations of different sizes!

In this activity, you will:

  • model the role of genetic drift on populations of different sizes;
  • explore extreme cases of genetic drift like founder and bottleneck effects; and
  • discuss different mechanisms of evolution!

Participants need:

20 each of four different colors of beads or other small objects such as M&Ms, Skittles, Fruit Loops, Post-it notes…anything that you have 4 different colors of!

Details:

  • Saturday, April 24, 2021, 10:00am - 11:00am
  • $20 per student
    REGISTER
Virtual Lab: Less is More: Population Size and Genetic Drift (Age 12-16)

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Virtual Lab: Microbe Mania! (Age 12-16)

Sometimes we can’t see them, but they are on, in, and around us. Microbes have us outnumbered, but scientists are only beginning to understand how diverse microbes are. We will take a look into the diverse microbial world, from toxin-killing bacteria to zombie fungus that takes over ants, and learn more about their strange adaptations.

In this activity, you will:

  • discuss general concepts of microbial adaptation; and
  • learn more about extreme adaptations in the microbial world by discussing unique bacteria, protists and fungi.

Details:

  • Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • $20 per student
    REGISTER
Virtual Lab: Microbe mania! (Age 12-16)

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Virtual Lab: Microbe Mania! (Age 12-16)

Sometimes we can’t see them, but they are on, in, and around us. Microbes have us outnumbered, but scientists are only beginning to understand how diverse microbes are. We will take a look into the diverse microbial world, from toxin-killing bacteria to zombie fungus that takes over ants, and learn more about their strange adaptations.

In this activity, you will:

  • discuss general concepts of microbial adaptation; and
  • learn more about extreme adaptations in the microbial world by discussing unique bacteria, protists and fungi.

Details:

  • Saturday, May 1, 2021, 10:00am - 11:00am
  • $20 per student
    REGISTER
Virtual Lab: Microbe mania! (Age 12-16)

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Virtual Lab: Ancient Ancestors and Me (Age 10-14)

Evolution is the process of biological change over time, and small changes can have a big effect! With the help of our Ancient Ancestors skull wall exhibit, we’ll review some of the evolutionary changes that shaped our anatomy and resulted in who we are today. After taking this journey through time, we will take a look inside and observe some of the structures from the Homo sapiens skull.

In this activity, you will:

  • learn about the ancestry that led to modern humans;
  • explore evolutionary differences and the effects of these changes over time; and
  • observe some of the features and structures of a Homo sapiens skull.

Participants need:

  • Worksheets (sent through email) and a writing utensil.

Details:

  • Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • $20 per student
    REGISTER
Virtual Lab: Ancient Ancestors and Me (Age 10-14)

Saturday, May 8, 2021

Virtual Lab: Ancient Ancestors and Me (Age 10-14)

Evolution is the process of biological change over time, and small changes can have a big effect! With the help of our Ancient Ancestors skull wall exhibit, we’ll review some of the evolutionary changes that shaped our anatomy and resulted in who we are today. After taking this journey through time, we will take a look inside and observe some of the structures from the Homo sapiens skull.

In this activity, you will:

  • learn about the ancestry that led to modern humans;
  • explore evolutionary differences and the effects of these changes over time; and
  • observe some of the features and structures of a Homo sapiens skull.

Participants need:

  • Worksheets (sent through email) and a writing utensil.

Details:

  • Saturday, May 8, 2021, 10:00am - 11:00am
  • $20 per student
    REGISTER
Virtual Lab: Ancient Ancestors and Me (Age 10-14)

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Virtual Lab: EYE-VOLUTION (Age 10-14)

Eyes are sensory organs that began their evolution about 540 million years ago from a simple eyespot! They are essential for the survival of countless organisms and vary greatly in size, structure and function. The complexity of sight is an evolutionary marvel. How did it all come about? Come and explore the history of the eyes we know today!

In this activity, you will:

  • learn about some of the most basic and complex life forms that can “see”;
  • discuss theories about the evolution of sight; and
  • explore the DNALC museum exhibition on the evolution of the eye.

Participants need:

  • Blank paper and a writing utensil.

Details:

  • Wednesday, May 12, 2021, 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • $20 per student
    REGISTER
Virtual Lab: EYE-VOLUTION (Age 10-14)

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Virtual Lab: EYE-VOLUTION (Age 10-14)

Eyes are sensory organs that began their evolution about 540 million years ago from a simple eyespot! They are essential for the survival of countless organisms and vary greatly in size, structure and function. The complexity of sight is an evolutionary marvel. How did it all come about? Come and explore the history of the eyes we know today!

In this activity, you will:

  • learn about some of the most basic and complex life forms that can “see”;
  • discuss theories about the evolution of sight; and
  • explore the DNALC museum exhibition on the evolution of the eye.

Participants need:

  • Blank paper and a writing utensil.

Details:

  • Saturday, May 15, 2021, 10:00am - 11:00am
  • $20 per student
    REGISTER
Virtual Lab: EYE-VOLUTION (Age 10-14)