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Extracting DNA From Your Halloween (or Thanksgiving!) Pumpkins

Don't throw your carved Halloween pumpkin away before doing this fun experiment to extract its DNA!
Julie Coder
672 total reviews for this teacher
17 reviews for this class
Completed by 45 learners
  There are no upcoming classes.
Class
40 minutes
per class
Meets once
8-13
year olds
3-12
learners per class
per learner

How does a "One-Time" class work?

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Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
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Class Experience

I am a certified chemistry teacher (grades 7-12) with 6.5 years of experience in the classroom. I have also taught freshman college chemistry. From these experiences, I have worked with a lot of different types of learners at various stages of interest and motivation- from high school students simply taking the class as a requirement to college freshmen chemistry majors passionate about the course with never ending questions. I can tailor my teaching style to fit the learner, and I do what I can to make it approachable by anyone. 
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To complete the hands-on portion of the experiment, students will need a clear cup (glass or plastic), dish soap, table salt, water, a ziploc bag (sandwich size is fine!), rubbing alcohol, coffee filters or cheesecloth, pumpkin pieces (1 or two small chunks) or canned pumpkin, and a wooden dowel or straw. If they have a test tube or graduated cylinder, that would be great too, but not a requirement! I'd also recommend having a piece of banana or strawberry on hand (frozen is fine) since sometimes, students have trouble getting a large yield of DNA from pumpkin- bananas and strawberries consistently produce great results.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
40 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Some students may need help cutting the pieces of pumpkin or opening the can of pumpkin. Students may want to try extracting DNA from other foods as well after class. 

Teacher

Julie Coder
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Certified Chemistry Teacher and Science Enthusiast (she/her)
672 total reviews
690 completed classes

About Me

Hi! I'm Julie and I'll be your guide as we navigate the amazing world of Chemistry! In addition to my time teaching on Outschool, I have plenty of experience teaching and tutoring chemistry, and I'm excited to be able to share my knowledge and... 
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