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    Howard Hughes Medical Institute
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    In this activity, learners explore how genetic switches function and the role of genetic switches in the process of evolution. To make these concepts less abstract and more understandable, learners...

    Ages 14 - adult 1 to 2 hours
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    Children's Museum of Indianapolis
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    In this activity, learners identify the DNA base bars guanine, cytosine, thymine and adenine. Learners create a DNA model using colored paper clips to resemble these base pairs. This activity is...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 11 - 14 45 to 60 minutes
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    University of Nebraska State Museum
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    In this activity (on pages 34-39), learners make a fairly detailed model of DNA using licorice and gumdrops. The sugar and phosphate backbone of DNA is represented by alternating red and black...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 8 - 14 45 to 60 minutes
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    Science Museum of Minnesota
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    Using pipe cleaners, straws, and beads, learners explore the building blocks of life by creating their own model of DNA. This activity provides a great introduction to learning about the structure...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 8 - 18 10 to 30 minutes
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    The Exploratorium
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    In this activity, learners construct a cereal chain as a model of how proteins are made in the cell. Learners build their chain off of an initial template which represents a single copy of DNA and...

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 11 - 18 10 to 30 minutes
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    American Society for Microbiology
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    Learners observe a model of a cell and its chromosomal DNA made from a plastic egg and dental floss. Use this model to illustrate how much DNA is held in one cell. For comparison, multiple eggs can...

    1 cent - $1 per group Ages 8 - 18 1 to 2 hours
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    The Exploratorium
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    In this activity on page 3 of the PDF, learners visualize the relative size and structural differences between microbes that have the potential to cause disease. Learners work in groups and use...

    $10 - $20 per group Ages 11 - 18 1 to 2 hours
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    COSI
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    In this biology activity (page 5 of the PDF), learners use yarn and sticky labels to build a model of a DNA strand. They discover that DNA is very long, very skinny, and packs well into cells. They...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 14 - 18 45 to 60 minutes
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    NOAA
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    This activity models the mass coral spawning event that takes place at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary every August. The result is like a snow globe in which the “snow” floats up...

    Over $20 per group Ages 8 - 14 45 to 60 minutes