Extract DNA and learn about the building blocks of life!
Did you know DNA stands for "deoxyribonucleic acid"? Your kids will learn about why DNA matters, and then extract it from strawberries and see it with their own eyes! Note: We advise a grown-up/parent be close by to supervise with the materials & tools for safe use.
1 Your Guide
As a scientist, I LOVE exploring and learning through hands-on experimenting! Planting seeds and sprouts and watching them grow is one of my favourite things to do. I am an active learner and am currently participating in my MEd, my fourth university degree. I have worked with the Ontario Science Centre, Science North, and as a grade 7 and 8 classroom teacher for many years - all great places to try new things. I believe staying curious is the most important thing people can do!
I like taking pictures of plants, animals, water and sky, then use them to create fun works of art using glass, wood or paint!
2 Materials Needed
strawberries, 70% rubbing alcohol or 99% isopropyl alcohol, resealable plastic freezer bag, dish detergent, salt, water, coffee filter, stirring stick, measuring cup, measuring spoons, mixing container, funnel, tube or small container, gloves,goggles
3 Learning Focus
- Critical & reflective thinking
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