What is DNA and why is it important? While participating in a hands-on DNA extraction from plants and animals, students learn the basic structure and function of DNA.
This program takes place in the Life Science Lab in the Life Science Exhibit Hall. Combine this program with a field trip to the museum.
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Structure and Function:
Compare and contrast the characteristics of offspring and parents.
Explain that organisms are composed of parts that function together to form a living system.
Compare and contrast the types and components of cells. Describe the functions and relative complexity of cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems.
Distinguish between inherited and learned traits, explain how inherited traits are passed from generation to generation, and describe the relationships among phenotype, genotype, chromosomes, and genes.
Explain how genetics and anatomical characteristics are used to classify organisms and infer evolutionary relationships.
Use the data collected from a scientific investigation to explain the results and draw conclusions.
Explain why when a scientific investigation is repeated, similar results are expected.
Based on observations identify testable questions, design a scientific investigation, and collect and record data consistent with a planned scientific investigation.
Summarize the results from a scientific investigation and use the results to respond to the question being tested.
Explain that scientific claims about the natural world use evidence that can be confirmed and support a logical argument.
Based on observations and science principles, identify questions that can be tested, design an experiment or investigation, and identify appropriate tools. Collect and record multiple observations while conducting investigations or experiments to test a scientific question or hypothesis.
Explain the reasons why similar investigations may have different results.
Based on observations and science principles, propose questions or hypotheses that can be examined through scientific investigation. Design and conduct an investigation that uses appropriate tools and techniques to collect relevant data.
Based on observations and science principles, propose questions or hypotheses that can be examined through scientific investigation. Design and conduct a scientific investigation that uses appropriate tools and techniques to collect relevant data.
Explain how scientific explanations and theories evolve as new information becomes available.