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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!

You can pick up materials for these activities at either of the libraries below, starting on 10/26 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 the activity sheet here: Extremeophile Cards.

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


November 7, 2020

Brains and Behavior: We're all about how humans think and act this week.


November 14, 2020

DNA to Drugs: We are going to explore how medicine can work differently for different people, in different ways ... 


November 21, 2020

Personalized Health: For our last day, we're going to be doing some folding. But not with paper! We'll be folding DNA structures.