Category: Middle School Field Trips

Doggone Tasty Genetics

Students will learn about the inheritance of traits through a hands-on activity where they will use information from alleles to “build” their very own science lab(rador retriever). They will then use Punnett squares to illustrate how traits are passed from parents to offspring and determine if the traits are dominant, recessive, etc. Students will then engage in an experiment to determine if they can taste phenylthiocarbamide (PTC). Students will use data analysis to determine the phenotypic and genotypic ratios of their class and participate in a discussion about genetic mutations.

*Full experience is 90 minutes but can be split into two 45-minute sessions across two days for those on 50-minute period schedules.