All in the Family- Or is it?
HudsonAlpha Institute
HA-06  |  
Using the HNPCC® kit, students will examine the role of inherited mutations and environmental factors. They will use a family medical history to create a pedigree and select likely candidates for genetic testing and identify family members carrying the cancer-linked mutation with gel electrophoresis.
Grades: 9-12 Length of course: 2.5 hours
Cytogeneticist for the Day
HudsonAlpha Institute
HA-04  |  
Taking on the role of a cytogeneticist, students will examine patient samples for chromosomal anomalies and learn how karyotypes are produced. Using HudsonAlpha’s Disorder Detectives® kit, students will also work through one of 15 patient case studies to create a karyotype.
Grades: 9-12 Length of course: 1.5 hours
Exploring Enzymes
HudsonAlpha Institute
HA-01  |  
In this investigative activity, students will learn about enzyme specificity, discuss the role of enzymatic reactions during digestion of a fast food meal, evaluate several enzymes used in the production of apple juice and even create their own cheeses using enzymes produced by biotechnology.
Grades: 6-8 Length of course: 1.5 hours
Extreme Extraction
HudsonAlpha Institute
HA-05  |  
Extracting DNA is a favorite activity for many students and teachers and this experience takes it to the next level. Students will create their own solutions with common household items to extract DNA from one of a variety of food items, while learning how cell structure impacts the process and the reasons why scientists extract DNA.
Grades: 9-12 Length of Course: 1.5 hours
Genes & Consequences
HudsonAlpha Institute
HA-08  |  
This computer-based activity will allow students to dive into the Central Dogma and gain experience with DNA sequencing, while looking at how changes in regions of DNA can cause disease. Using one of 15 case studies, students will practice DNA base pairing, transcription and translation, and also create protein folding models to discuss how changes in amino acid sequence may impact protein function.
Grades: 9-12 length of course: 5 hours Box lunch from Hudson Alpha Bistro is available.
Genome Cache
HudsonAlpha Institute
HA-09  |  
Using the double helix sidewalks of McMillian Park, students will go on a scavenger hunt to investigate nearly 200 genetic points of interest along a Genome Walk®. Students will use the Genome Cache app to answer trivia questions that will provide them with the next clue.
Grades: 6-12 Length of course: 1 hour
How in the World
Burritt on the Mountain (closed Mar 17-Apr 3)
B-05  |  
How did the people of the past get to North Alabama? Where did they come from? Learn about orienteering, cardinal directions and mapping as you trek across Burritt on the Mountain. You will have the opportunity to participate in a scavenger hunt as you use the compass to navigate through the park. Limit 25 students or must be combined with another activity.
Grades: 4-8
Investigating the Genetics of Cancer
HudsonAlpha Institute
HA-07  |  
Students will examine the genetic roots of cancer, compare hereditary and non-hereditary cancers and use the HNPCC® kit to trace a cancer-related mutation through a family. Using gel electrophoresis, students will identify family members carrying the cancer-linked mutation and discuss ethical challenges related to genetic testing.
Grades: 9-12 Length of course: 5 hours Box lunch available by the Hudson Alpha Bistro.
Kitchen DNA with a Twist of Inquiry
HudsonAlpha Institute
HA-02  |  
Students will extract DNA from strawberries, learning how cell structure impacts the extraction process, and will create their own solutions using common household items to extract DNA from one of a variety of food items.
Grades: 6-8 Length of course: 1.5 hours
U.S. Space & Rocket Center (closed through May 22)
SR-03  |  
Pathfinder is a condensed version of the weeklong Space Camp® program. It focuses on math, science and space mission training. Pathfinder is a two-night, structured, educational adventure which includes a full history of the space program, astronaut simulators, a simulated shuttle mission, model rocket construction and launch and a Spacedome IMAX movie. The program concludes with a graduation ceremony for the trainees. Groups have the option of attending Monday to Wednesday, Wednesday to Friday, or Friday to Sunday.
Grades 4-8, Aviation track also available. Length of Course: 2 nights
Space Camp® & Aviation Challenge®
U.S. Space & Rocket Center (closed through May 22)
SR-04  |  
Trainees attending Space Camp and Aviation Challenge engage in simulated astronaut and fighter pilot training to learn leadership skills, teamwork, problem-solving and decision-making. Space Camp trainees put their skills to the test as they train to live and work in space and take command of their own simulated space shuttle missions. Aviation Challenge trainees spend an exciting and educational week in the great outdoors training like military fighter pilots as they plan missions and fly high-performance jet simulators. Come experience the ultimate classroom! This program runs Sunday through Friday. A robotics program is also available. High school program is college accredited.
Grades 4-12 Length of Course: 5 days
U.S. Space & Rocket Center (closed through May 22)
SR-02  |  
Surveyor is an introduction into the makings of the space program. It is a great way for larger groups to experience the excitement of spaceflight’s history. Surveyor is a one-night, structured, educational adventure which includes a guided tour of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, hands-on science activities, a STEM lab, astronaut simulators and other space-based activities. Students tour the Rocket Park, watch a Spacedome IMAX movie and experience some of the forces of spaceflight with our museum simulators. Check-in dates are Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday.
Grades 3-8 Length of Course: 1 night
Ultimate Field Trip
U.S. Space & Rocket Center (closed through May 22)
SR-01  |  
The Ultimate Field Trip is a directed learning experience for students. The program includes a guided tour of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center® museum, interactive presentations and demonstrations about life on the International Space Station, a Spacedome® IMAX movie, simulators, and hands-on group activity. The NEW Math Exploration Ultimate Field Trip adds skills-based activities that bring mathematics to life by connecting our amazing collection of space hardware and artifacts to math skills that demonstrate applications beyond classroom walls. Math Exploration UFT correlates to nationally-accepted mathematics standards for Grades 3-8 and algebra.
Length of Course: Approximately 4 hours (including movie and box lunch)
What is Biotechnology?
HudsonAlpha Institute
HA-03  |  
Students will use a web-based timeline to investigate key events in the history of biotechnology. In addition, they will examine and use biotechnology tools and learn about modern biotechnology applications.
Grades: 6-8 Length of course: 1.5 hours

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