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Genomes at Home

Genomes at Home

From the creators of Genome Day . . . Genomes at Home!

A series of hands on activities that can be done on Zoom from the comfort of your own home. Designed for elementary and middle school children, activities will be led by IGB scientists live on video and cover topics including the environment, energy use & production, health, and fundamental research at the IGB in an approachable manner for all ages.

Join us every Saturday at 2:00pm from October 17 to November 21 via Zoom

Meeting ID: 865 1546 8256, Password: 713702

To register for any of the Saturday events and find info on downloading or picking up materials click here

 

October 17, 2020

Introduction to the IGB: Let's all think like a scientist! We're going to apply scientific principles of observation to items in the world around us. We'll also be making our very own origami DNA structure, and play a fun game that we like to call "Does this have DNA?"

Download the activity sheets here: Observing Like A Scientist and DNA Origami

 

October 24, 2020

Join us for the Food and Fuel edition of Genomes at Home where you'll have the chance to build your own plant! Choose your roots, stalks, and leaves and engineer the best plant you can and see how it will do in different environments. Plants that live somewhere hot and dry might need to be different than plants that live somewhere cold, or swampy, or dark ... 

Download the activity sheets here: Plant handout and Design A Plant Worksheet.

 

October 31, 2020

We're going to learn all about extreme environments this week, and discovering some pretty crazy places where life can exist on planet Earth. Like boiling hot water, or somewhere radioactive, or a place that's really, really, really cold. Matching organisms to the places they live is the name of the game for this week's Emergence of Life activity. We'll also be playing a round or two of our favorite game Last Microbe Standing!

Download the activity sheet here: Extremophile Cards.

 

November 7, 2020

Brains and Behavior: Have you ever translated something from another language, or maybe into a secret code that you and your friends use? This week we are going to translate a message in the same way a ribosome reads RNA inside the cells in your body, using a special piece of deciphering equipment called a codon wheel.  

Download the activity sheets here: Crack the Code and DNA Coloring Sheet

 

November 14, 2020

DNA to Drugs: What new ideas can we gain from looking at animals? A lot as it turns out! This week we’ll be looking at the movement of wild animals and how their impressive survival skills could give us invention ideas to improve or enhance our own lives. Get ready to embrace your spirit of imagination and come up with your own nature-inspired invention ideas!

You can pick up materials for these activities at either of the libraries below, starting on 11/9 during normal hours. Simply go to the specified desk and ask for a kit:

Champaign Public Library
200 W Green St, Champaign, IL 61820
Children's Services Desk

Urbana Free Library
210 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801
Service Desk

Download the activity sheet here: Nature Inspired Inventions.

 

November 21, 2020

Personalized Health: We're ending with one of our favorite topics, DNA, and there's a lot to talk about: DNA folding ... DNA sequencing ... DNA online activities ...

You can pick up materials for these activities at either of the libraries below, starting on 11/16 during normal hours. Simply go to the specified desk and ask for a kit:

Champaign Public Library
200 W Green St, Champaign, IL 61820
Children's Services Desk

Urbana Free Library
210 W Green St, Urbana, IL 61801
Service Desk

If you don't have one of our kits you can download our activity Message Long Reads and Message Short Reads, and DNA Origami

Be proud of your hard work and share it with us! Take a photo and tag it on social media #GenomesAtHome