Programs & Events

Family Science Investigation - PCR: Polymerase Chain Reaction

This program is cancelled.
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Family Program
May. 22, 2013 | Wednesday, 2:00pm
Multiple Times: 
May 28, 2013; 2:00pm-4:00pm
Minimum age 12 (minors must be accompanied by a paying adult)
Location: Nature Research Center - Micro World Investigate Lab - 3rd Floor
$20/parent-child pair; $10 for each additional child

Participants will learn the theory behind and perform a procedure known as Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). PCR involves the amplification of a minute sample of DNA, and is used in a variety of research, forensic, medical and industrial applications. Based on a model research question, this program will take students through sample preparation, DNA amplification, visualization of PCR products through gel electrophoresis and data interpretation.

Family Science Investigation programs offer families an opportunity to participate together in science classes related to Museum research, including topics in biology, ecology, paleontology, geology, microbiology, chemistry and biotechnology. These classes are especially useful for homeschoolers looking for additional reinforcement to curriculum goals, or any family group that simply enjoys learning together!

Program Instructors: Christy Flint and Deb Bailey, Coordinators of the Micro World Investigate Lab

Registration information: Registration required. Fill out online, print and mail the Museum’s Registration Form with payment. Registration deadline is one week prior to program date.

For more information contact Debbie Huston, scheduling coordinator, at 919.707.9840.