Outreach

Thanks to generous funding from the European Society for Evolutionary Biology, we are helping elementary school students learn about DNA via an interactive DNA extraction workshop. In addition, we will supply participating teachers with kits to continue this workshop with future classes. Brian Reiss (Biology 2018) coordinated our efforts in the fall of 2017 and Katherine Banfitch (Biology 2018) is our spring coordinator.

Our project is already up and running, but we are happy to include more students when possible. If you are interested and represent a school/library/youth group in and around Monmouth County, please call or email Dr. Phifer-Rixey. Below, we have links to our kid-friendly protocol and a potential lesson plan.

Lesson Plan

Protocol

We also recommend these sites for alternative protocols and additional demonstrations/materials:

https://askabiologist.asu.edu/activities/banana-dna

https://www.genome.gov/pages/education/modules/strawberryextractioninstructions.pdf

https://www.stevespanglerscience.com/lab/experiments/strawberry-dna/