Kitchen Science: Mendelian Genetics - Build a Creature

Date: 4/22/2020
Time: 3:00 PM
Duration: 45 minutes
Presenter(s): Amanda McBrien, DNA Learning Center
Audience: Grades 5-8
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Activity description:

Recycle materials from around your house to create an imaginary creature! Before building, you will randomly select the sets of genes—also known as alleles—that your creature inherited from its parents. These alleles will determine your creature’s traits! You can then build as many offspring as you like. Will they all be the same if they have the same parents? Join DNALC Educator Amanda and find out!

In this DNALC Live session, you will:

• Explore the interaction between dominant and recessive alleles
• Use Punnett squares to predict patterns of heredity
• Randomly select “alleles” that will determine an imaginary creature’s traits
• Build a creature with specific traits, determined by its inherited “alleles”