Genetic Genius 2-Bacteria, Virus, RNA, CRISPR

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(158)
Students will go further into the possibilities of Genetics in medicine to designer babies.

Class Experience

US Grade 5 - 8
Beginner Level
They will learn about RNA, viruses, bacteria, and CRISPR through modeling with craft materials.
I've taught Genetics for several years in my Biology class and Forensics class. I would enjoy teaching your child about why it's important to learn about genetics. 
Students may have some reference material to read or watch. 
Day 1 How is genetic engineering helping to stop diseases. How is CRISPR being used to make genetically specific medication for cancer patients? Let’s learn about the different types of bacteria. (Students need assorted color pipe cleaners.)
Day 2 Let’s build a T-phage Virus And learn its structure. (Students will need paper, bubble straw, pipe cleaners, scotch tape, markers, and cardboard.)
Day 3 Let’s build an RNA chain and learn how it’s used in Translation. (Students can use gummy bears, marshmallows, or gumdrops, and a box of toothpicks) 
Day 4 How does CRISPR help create designer babies? Let’s create a designer Potato Head Baby. (Students will need beads of any color, pipe cleaners of any color, and makers. You can bring other craft materials too if you like. 
Oral evaluation will determine the students comprehension of the material.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Topics may be disturbing for some students who are unaware of how scientists are using Genetics. I may speak about designer babies and how scientists may preselect humans for extending their lives. This may involve some reproductive references that will mention the words sperm and egg. I do my best to make it age-appropriate. If I can't answer directly, I will let them know to ask their parents.

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Meet the teacher

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(158)
Hello, My name is Patricia Valdez. I love teaching! 

I am a wife. I have four sons (who were homeschooled all the way thru to high school) and seven grandchildren. I am bilingual. I speak both English and Spanish.
I enjoy gardening, upcycling and... 
Group Class


for 4 classes
1x per week, 4 weeks
50 min

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(9)
Completed by 22 learners
Live video meetings
Ages 10-14
2-10 learners per class

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