Teacher Workshops

DNA is Elementary Teachers’ Workshop – June 1-2, 2016

The Bio-Bus Program of Georgia State University is sponsoring a Teachers’ Workshop on its K-5 teaching module “DNA is Elementary”

The Bio-Bus Program has been funded by the National Institutes of Health’s SEPA Program* to develop activities that make DNA fun and exciting for young learners. We find that children as young as five pick up fundamental concepts of DNA, genes, and inheritance with ease. This workshop is designed to

  • provide teachers with the appropriate fundamental concepts in genetics
  • show teachers how to use biotechnology to turn students into microbe hunters
  • showcase the activities we have developed and
  • get your input on ways to make them even better!

Wednesday - Thursday, June 1-2, 2016

9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Petit Science Center – 100 Piedmont Ave. ATL
(Easily accessible by MARTA, or you can pay to park in GSU’s G lot.)

Barbara Baumstark, Ph.D, Professor of Biology, Georgia State University
Michelle Ventura, M.S., Bio-Bus Program Laboratory Coordinator
Other members of the Bio-Bus Program staff

Sponsoring Institutions:

Teachers will engage in the same hands-on activities which help children learn:

  • how our DNA makes us unique
  • that parents pass genes down to their children
  • how changes in DNA can change the way plants and animals grow
  • how to extract DNA from split peas
  • how to multiply DNA from a small sample
DNA Model
Extracting DNA from split peas
Base-Pairing Activity
“Zap logs” at Sharon Elementary School
Participants: up to 20 Teachers; K-5 Teachers will be given preference, others are encouraged to apply

Cost and Incentives:

  • The course is free.
  • Stipends of $200 will be offered to those who complete the two-day, 12-hour course.
  • One units of PLU credit may be earned.

MAY 18, 2016
Please return application (including essay sheet) to Bio-Bus Program Manager by your choice of method:

  • Fax to 404 413-5301 , or
  • E-mail to [email protected], or
  • US mail : Bio-Bus Program, Dept. of Biology, Georgia State University, P O Box 4010, Atlanta, GA 30303-4010

Workshop will be held in the Petit Science Center, 100 Piedmont Avenue SE, 30303