Intro to Genetics STEM Challenge (online mini course, distance learning)

Grade Levels
7th - 11th, Homeschool
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  • PDF (29 pages)
  • Internet Activities
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Learn about careers in genetics, follow genotypes to make a superhero, and share your genetics discoveries with the world in this fun Genetics STEM Challenge! Delivered in interactive PDF format and TpT Digital Activity, including:

1. Interactive online geneticist career exploration resources (virtual job shadow video, downloadable info sheet in English and Spanish, and fun career focused activity) with reflection questions

2. Short quiz with answer key

3. 'Make a superhero' intro to genetics activity (1 page linked GoogleDoc)

4. 'How to be a geneticist' infographic with GoogleSlides mini research project (8 slides)

5. Fields of genetics infographic with 'who am I?' game; 7 googleslides (simple answer key included on last slide)

6. Printable Qualities of a Geneticist infographic with reflection question

7. Genetics in the Headlines Challenge: In this Challenge students will use principles of genetics to share a 'superpowered' genetics discovery by creating a newspaper front page project. Includes project description, student-friendly directions with checklist, and link to optional newspaper front page googleslide template.

8. Genetics in the Headlines Challenge rubric (1 page googledoc)

9. Links to additional online resources to explore careers in genetics

>> Click here for a short video demonstrating how to use in a distance learning classroom (for educators and students)

This Genetics STEM Challenge supports MS-LS3-1 and HS-LS3-1. All activities are designed to be completed independently, taking at least 3 hours for students to complete - a fun distance learning activity!

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Total Pages
29 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop and use a model to describe why structural changes to genes (mutations) located on chromosomes may affect proteins and may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects to the structure and function of the organism. Emphasis is on conceptual understanding that changes in genetic material may result in making different proteins. Assessment does not include specific changes at the molecular level, mechanisms for protein synthesis, or specific types of mutations.
Ask questions to clarify relationships about the role of DNA and chromosomes in coding the instructions for characteristic traits passed from parents to offspring. Assessment does not include the phases of meiosis or the biochemical mechanism of specific steps in the process.


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