Biotechnology Through Time

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In this activity, learners investigate the history and development of agricultural biotechnology. This experience begins with a Bio-Fest, in which learners use their senses to make observations about root beer, assorted cheeses, bread and yogurt. Learners are encouraged to think about the process of making food and how it has changed over time. This leads to a discussion about biotechnology. Learners complete the lesson by researching and completing a timeline. This activity is featured on pp.7-8 (part of a lesson that begins on p.6) of the "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: Agricultural Biology" unit of study for grades 6-8.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Agricultural Engineering
      • Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineering
      • Manufacturing Engineering
    • Technology
      • Agriculture and Biotechnology
      • Manufacturing
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Heredity and Genetics
      • Genetic Engineering
    • Human Senses and Perception
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
      • Technology and History

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse
  • smell
  • taste
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis, 2007

Funding Source:

  • Dow AgroSciences LLC