Split Your Genes

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Split Your Genes is an online workshop developed for secondary school students as part of the digital version of the 2020 science4u School Science Conference.

Through a series of online talks, videos and quizzes, you will get to grips with some key aspects of genetics and inheritance through learning about sickle cell disorder, which affects red blood cells and makes them less able carry oxygen. 

You will hear from pathologists and from people living with disorder and will also be offered some optional hands-on activities to try. Students who complete all of the quizzes before 15 July 2020 will be entered into a prize draw to win a £100 Amazon Voucher.

The workshop has been put together in collaboration with haematologists, chemical pathologists and representatives from the Sickle Cell Society. 

Learning Objectives

  • Learning about gene inheritance: phenotypes, genotypes, dominant and recessive traits, homozygous and heterozygous allele pairs;
  • Understanding how Punnett squares are used in genetics;
  • Learning about real-life diseases and the roles pathologists play in testing for these;
  • Learning about genetic diversity and natural selection and the role these play in prevalence of disease;
  • Learning to question and discuss issues that may affect their own lives and the wider world (in particular in relation to sickle cell disorder). 

Curriculum links

This activity covers the following areas of the KS4 curriculum: 

  • Genetics and evolution/Inheritance, chromosomes, DNA and genes:
  • Heredity as the process by which genetic information is transmitted from one generation to the next;
  • The variation between species and between individuals of the same species means some organisms compete more successfully, which can drive natural selection.

Head over to The Royal College of Pathologists website to take part:

https://www.rcpath.org/discover-pathology/events-landing-page/split-your-genes-online-workshop.html

Teachers’ Notes

http://science4u.info/pdfs/Split Your Genes – Teachers Notes.pdf


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