What will your learn in Genetic Engineering Hero Chapters 1-4

You will:
  • Take the Genetic Engineers’ Pledge
  • Chapter 1 - Isolating DNA, the Blueprints of Life:
    • extract and see real genomic DNA from strawberries using the DNA extraction kit,
    • assemble a DNA structure utilizing a drag and drop simulator,
    • discover 'What is DNA?', 'What is DNA's function?', and 'What is DNA made of?',
    • learn about the history of DNA, its evolution, the road to precisely editing DNA and its future,
    • understand how DNA can be used in biotechnology to create products,
    • understand how atoms, molecules, macromolecules (nucleic acid), and nucleotides come into play.
  • Chapter 2 - Safety & setting up your Genetic Engineering Hero Space
    • learn about the 4 Biosafety levels & how to stay safe & responsible during your biotechnology science projects,
    • discover the rules & regulations in biotechnology,
    • set up your own lab - What type of laboratory equipment is necessary? What kind of locations can be used for a safe & responsible biotechnology lab,
    • learn how to inactivate your biotechnology science experiments and clean up your laboratory, 
    • download a laboratory safety checklist, a biosafety poster, and a biosecurity poster,
    • understand the ethics, lab safety & best practices surrounding genetic engineering and biotechnology.
  • Chapter 3 - Growing E. coli cells
    • grow colorful, friendly lab-strain of bacteria and use it to make bioart  in a virtual simulator and then in real-life using the Canvas kit (optional hands-on),
    • learn the difference between safe laboratory E. coli vs. ‘bad’ E. coli and its history,
    • learn 'What is a cell?'
    • tour the cell structure using the  Cells as (micro) factories analogy - a comparison between factories and cells.
    • discover the role of macromolecules: carbs, lipids, proteins
  • Chapter 4 - Genetic Engineering your E. coli cells
    • engineer bacteria (cells) with a pre-made DNA program in a virtual simulator and then in real-life using the Engineer-it kit (optional hands-on),
    • learn the primary operating environment of a cell,
    • start understanding how cells read DNA: How do cells know how to start, do and stop reading DNA (transcription),
    • discover 'What is a gene?' 
    • find out what DNA plasmids are and how to use them in biotechnology.

During this STEM biotechnology journey, you will learn how to use bacteria and DNA to make with biology. Once you are done, you will have completed the first part of the Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero's journey; genetically engineering bacteria with DNA plasmids! From there, you can continue your Genetic Engineering Hero journey with Chapters 5, 6, and 7 to learn about advanced biotechnology concepts and skills like enzymes, genetic switches, DNA plasmid maps, and more! 

View the full learning journey here.