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These Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero lesson plans developed by Mindfuel.ca (Alberta Science Foundation) make it easy for educators to implement hands-on student activities in the classroom based on the genetic engineering concepts presented in Amino Labs kits and their Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero Guide book.

Each lesson guide includes a variety of student activities: hands-on experiments, virtual simulators, individual and group assignments, PowerPoint presentations, worksheets, and assessments with accompanying teacher keys. The Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero book and experiment kits for chapters 3 and 4 are quite important for these lessons! Lessons 1 and 2 do not require any Amino Labs kit - you can use your own materials from home. 

This 4 part lesson guide covers:
  1. Discover DNA,
  2. Genetic Engineering & Lab safety, (Free download - teach & practice safe science ☺︎)
  3. Growing and understanding E. Coli cells using the Canvas kit, and
  4. Genetic Engineering E. Coli cells with DNA Plasmids using the Engineer-it kit 
as related to Chapters 1-4 of the Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero learning journey.

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1. Discover DNA,

Optional hands-on activity: DNA extraction: Extract DNA from fruit,

What is DNA? virtual simulator

Alberta Learning Outcomes: 9A, 10C, Bio 30 Unit C, Science 30 Outcome 3 

Ontario: D3.2, B2.1, B2.2, D.2.3, D3.1

NGSS: MS-LS4, HS-LS1

TEKS: 14C

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2. Lab safety and Ethics

Alberta Learning Outcomes: 9A, 10C, Bio 30 Unit C, Science 30 Outcome 3 

Ontario: A1.2, A1.4, D1.1, D1.2,

NGSS: MS-LS4, HS-LS1

TEKS: 1A

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3. Growing and understanding E. Coli cells.

Optional hands-on activity using Canvas Kit: Create Living Paintings

Canvas Kit virtual simulator

Alberta Learning Outcomes: 9A, 10C, Bio 30 Unit C, Science 30 Outcome 3 

Ontario: C1.1, C1.2, C2.1, C2.3 C2.4, C2.5, B2.3, B3.1, B3.2, B3.3

NGSS: MS-LS3, MS-LS4, HS-LS1

TEKS: 9A

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4. Genetic Engineering E. Coli cells with DNA Plasmids.

Optional hands-on activity using Engineer-it kit: Get started with Genetic Engineering for bacteria

Engineer-it Kit virtual simulator

Alberta Learning Outcomes: 9A, 10C, Bio 30 Unit C, Science 30 Outcome 3 

Ontario: D2.1, D2.4, D3.1, D3.2, D3.3, D3.4, D3.5, D3.6

NGSS: MS-LS3, MS-LS4, HS-LS1

TEKS: 6A, 6B, 6C, 6E,

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These topics are related to Chapters 1-4 of the Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero learning journey.

 

Each STEM lesson will allow you to teach the main concept through theory, virtual, and hands-on exercises. 

Each lesson includes a variety of student activities: • hands-on experiments, • virtual simulators, • individual and group assignments, • powerpoint presentations, • worksheets and assessments with accompanying teacher keys.

Each of the 4 STEM lessons can be used independently to teach the individual concepts as part of your larger science, genetics, biotechnology module or together to form the Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero Learning Journey

If you are new to teaching genetic engineering and biotechnology in the classroom, our Zero to Genetic Engineering Hero Beginner's guide to programming bacteria is a great primer for yourself, and eventually your students. This book is divided into 7 chapters, with the first 4 chapters being directly linked to these lesson plans. More information available here.

These lesson plans are electronic downloads. A link to the lesson(s) and asset(s) will be sent to you after purchase.