The Gene Team aimes to engage students in current research in Biological Sciences and provide college preparatory mentoring. Our goal is to increase participation in biological research from groups that are historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Gene Team Summer Program: Gene Team-at-Home
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, students participated in research from their homes! They worked on three projects: Urban Biodiversity, Sourdough Starters, and an Independent project of their choosing. Check out the amazing work they did this summer!
Gene Team Science Corps
The Gene Team Science Corps provides an opportunity for high school students who participated in the Gene Team summer research program to share their love of science with younger students in their home school districts.
Students explore the relationship between dominant and recessive alleles in a fun and exciting way! Pairs of students each receive a deck of cards that represent different versions of alleles for hair color, eye color, the presence of absence of dimples, and other inherited traits. They must determine which of the alleles is dominant and then draw a final representation of their "offspring".
Giraffe necks and natural selection: the long and short of it
Participants temporarily become giraffes to demonstrate how traits are passed down through generations and can become more abundant if they are beneficial to an organisms survival. An equal number of students act as giraffes with short necks or long necks and gather food from "trees" that are set up in the classroom. Giraffes that are able to gather sufficient food to survive are able to recruit more friends to their team. Long neck giraffes are more effective at accumulating their favorite foods from high atop the trees and demonstrate that, over multiple generations, a beneficial trait becomes more prevalent in the population.
It's not magic, It's Science!
Students learn the science behind magical-looking phenomena like dry ice, layering densities, and what makes water a very special molecule. They get up close and personal with these hands-on activites and delve into the science to learn more about the world around them!