I serve a community that consists mainly of low-income students, immigrant students, and students of color. My students have tremendous amounts of school spirit and actively participate as members of their communities. Gun violence and gang-related trauma are tragically commonplace within the school and frequently effect my students inside and outside the classroom. However, the hope and strength of my students and their communities are unwavering.
My students are always eager to engage in activities that are relevant to their experiences or intersect with their ever-developing identities.
Hands on labs provide the opportunities for students to question and investigate like scientists!
Students benefit greatly from hands-on learning experiences, and this activity will give them the opportunity to conduct genetic engineering on their own. Students first grow bacteria in a petri dish and then use lab-tested methods to insert DNA from a glow-in-the-dark protein from a jellyfish.
This inquiry lesson allows students to understand how genetic information is passed from DNA to RNA to proteins, and to themselves genetically modify the DNA so that it can glow in the dark!
This kind of activity brings to live the powerful techniques in biology and genetic engineering to make it real for students. Nothing can replace this kind of hands-on learning experience to enhance interest and engagement!
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