Pupils (P4-P7) will discover more about DNA by taking part in a DNA extraction experiment.

Level: Second level (P4–P7)
Cost: £70
Length of workshop: 75 minutes starting at either 10:15/12:30 (check your booking for timings and arrive at the museum at least 15 minutes before the start of your workshop)
Dates available: Tue 5-Fri 8 Dec 2017, Mon 19-Fri 23 Feb 2018
Booking: Fully booked for 2017-18

How should I prepare my class for this workshop?

Split your class into four groups and assign one adult per group. Maximum capacity 32 children. You can also visit our science and technology galleries before or after your session. Download our guidelines to find out more.

What will my pupils do in the workshop?

What makes us who we are? Our parents? The way we’re brought up? In a scientific sense it’s our DNA, the chemical cookbook at the heart of each one of our cells. Pupils will extract DNA, find out about how it works and discover more about its history and sometimes-controversial new development.

P4-5 classes will take part in a Designer Baby activity

P6-7 classes will take part in an Ethical Dilemmas discussion

Please let us know beforehand if your P6/7 class would prefer to swap activities:

Designer Baby

Learn about different inherited traits, and find out what your baby would look like based on your own genes and those of a celebrity.

Ethical Dilemmas

Work in a group to discuss the ethical dilemmas facing scientists today, before presenting to the rest of the class. Topics include genetic modification of plants and animals, gene sequencing and creating animals with incurable diseases.

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