Discovery Place Science

Discovery Place Science

One of the top hands-on science museums in the nation, Discovery Place Science provides ever-changing, entertaining facilities that engage people in the active exploration of science, technology and nature. The Museum brings relevant, contemporary science to life through groundbreaking exhibitions,

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GENETIC FINGERPRINTING WITH PCR

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Program description

Delve deeper into the world of DNA by exploring the concepts behind Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) techniques. Perform a hands-on experiment using a PCR machine and gel electrophoresis to solve a mystery.

**Note this class is 90 minutes long and is $18.50 per student

Program Detail

Program type: Day Trip
Artistic Discipline: Multi-discipline
Cultural Origin: Other
Subject: Other, Science, Technology
Population served: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 9
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Monday – Friday

Available times:

Times are customizable

Location(s):

Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

Fees / Ticketing:

$18.50 per student (includes museum admission) plus any applicable sales and use taxes. 1 chaperone per 10 students required and admitted free. Additional chaperones, booked in advance, are admitted at the $8.50 school rate.)

 

EDUCATION STANDARDS

NC Standard Course of Study:

R1- Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text (in our case follow written instructions to complete activities and experiments and make conclusions).

R7 -Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words (in our case participate in hands-on activities and experiments that result in observations and conclusions).

R10 -Read and understand complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently, connecting prior knowledge and experiences to text (in our case science and technical writing).

SL1 – Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively (in our case working in groups, sharing ideas and communicating ideas and findings with others).

SL2 – Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally (in our case participation in labs and programs where ideas and questions are presented using various media).

SL4 – Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience (in our case working in groups, sharing ideas and communicating ideas and findings with others).

NC Essential Standards:

Bio.4.1: Understand how biological molecules are essential to the survival of living organisms

HS-LS1-1: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins which carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells.

HS-LS1-6: Construct and revise an explanation based on evidence for how carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen from sugar molecules may combine with other elements to form amino acids and/or other large carbon-based molecules.

Qualifications

Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Provides scholarship and reduced fees: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes

References

Available upon request.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation notice of three weeks is required for a full refund. Cancellations with less than three weeks’ notice are non-refundable but may be rescheduled for a visit within a 12-month period. There is no fee for rescheduling as long as the class or visit is rescheduled within one week of the cancellation date and the visit is completed within the 12 months of the originally scheduled date. Changes to the number of attendees must be made three days prior to the program or visit to receive a refund. No refunds will be issued the day of the visit, and no refunds will be issued for amounts of $10.00 or less.