November 29, 2018

Cells and DNA!

For a list of previous SynAPSE activities, click here.

For the second SynAPSE visit of Fall 2018, our students prepared demonstrations showing cells and DNA for the fourth graders at McNichols Plaza.  We prepared three separate student stations that each had a different activity.

For this visit, Sarah Buynovsky from WNEP Newswatch 16 was on hand to interview some of the students who participated in the program.  See the coverage here.

Ready, set, draw!

In one activity station, Amanda Gerenza, Theresa Koch, Krista Segreti, and Kristina Thomas taught all the kids about the different structures found inside cells.  McNichols students were encouraged to draw and color pictures of cells.

DNA from strawberries

In the workstation manned by Gabriella Campusano, Marissa Galardi, Kara Romanowski, and Brittany Thomas, McNichols kids learned how to extract DNA from strawberries.  They kids mixed the solutions, did the extractions, and got to hold the DNA.  They also looked a chromosomes from prepared slides with dividing cells under the microscope.

The Diversity of Cells

Another workstation was manned by Alexa Casablanca, Elizabeth Kenney, Rishabh Matta, Anna Rodriguez, Cassie Stapf, and Sarah Stec.  They set up microscopes that had slides with different types of tissues.  The fourth graders were encouraged to look through the microscopes to see all the different types of cells found in nature.