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Genetic Counselor Activity Book

This book features five hands-on activities designed for 8- to 12-year-olds. Each activity includes one 30- to 45-minute project and extensions. Activities can be used in any order. Also included are objectives and learning outcomes, assessment questions, ideas for a presentation or exhibit and topics for further investigation.

Table of Contents

Watch a video about genetic counselor Cathy Burson and then explore your genetic features.
Learning Outcomes: Youth learn to use simple tools to gather scientific data and develop an understanding of a scientist’s work.

Alike and Different /ACTIVITY TWO
Discover what’s different and the same about you and your group.
Learning Outcomes: Youth learn to collect and interpret data, and develop an understanding of sampling populations.

Meet mom and pop Smiley Face genomes and mate some genes to make a new baby.
Learning Outcomes: Youth develop an understanding of gene expression and heredity.

Meet a cheek cell, say hello to chromosomes, and complete a human chromosome chart.
Learning Outcomes: Youth develop an understanding of the cell, reproduction, and heredity.

Build a model gene using gumdrops and licorice and learn some secrets of DNA.
Learning Outcomes: Youth develop an understanding of living systems and their most basic structures.

Pulling It All Together
Create a story about a scientist who is a genetic counselor.
Learning Outcomes: Youth draw on what they have learned in the activities to construct their own understanding of what it means to be a scientist.

New Wonders
Here are some ideas for projects or exhibits.
Learning Outcomes: Youth develop an understanding of science and technology in society and of science as a human endeavor.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 9909496.
Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and
do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).