Living LEGO® – (Biology)

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Description: This activity is appropriate for children ages 12 and up. Some previous study of cells, chromosomes and genes is preferable.

In Living LEGO®, students work through the steps of cell division, specifically meiosis, in “LEGO® fish” cells to gain a better understanding of the process of gamete cell division and the ways that genes can be expressed. After running through the steps of meiosis, students predict the phenotype and genotype of possible offspring for two parents with a known genotype.

The LEGO fish is introduced as a model to demonstrate how genes can be expressed in a “living” creature. Our fish has only three chromosome pairs, rather than a human’s 23 pairs, to facilitate an easier understanding of the relationship between gene and trait. In designing their own LEGO fish, students discover how dominant and recessive genes as seen in the genotype affect what the phenotype looks like.

Students complete the activity by looking at how environmental factors interact with and affect the gene pool of a given population.

Please note the change int he times listed here, it was a type-o listing the end time as 11:30, the class goes until 1:00 as all the others did.

Date/Time/Location: Tuesday, May 27, 2014  10:00am – 1:00pm, MIT Edgerton Center – 77 Mass Ave. Room 4-402

Price: $5.00

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Seats Remaining in this class: 1

Age: This activity is appropriate for students aged 12 and up. Children must be able to function in the classroom independently. The size of the classroom does not allow for parents to remain in the room during class. You are, however,  welcome to wait in the hall outside the classroom if you need to be immediately available for your children. In addition there are also plenty of interns available to help the kids through the activities.

Wondering who else is going? You can find that information on the facebook event page here

Travel Tips: Parking options, you may reserve parking beforehand to know you have a spot for $20. The lot nearby is $20 but small and not guaranteed. Also available is metered parking which is obviously first come first serve. I have been told that you will be ticketed if you park at a meter for more than two hours, after two hours you need to change spaces.

Materials Needed: none

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