CSI - What Lives Here?
2023 DNA Barcoding
6 - DAY SUMMER STEM EXPERIENCE
June 6, 7, 8, 13, 14 (8:00am – 4:00pm)
June 15 (8:00am – 6:00pm)
CSI - Community Species Identification
Samuel C. Dobbs Science Hall, Waleska Campus, Reinhardt University
Experience the process of science in this project-based camp. Learn about DNA barcoding and the DNA barcoding initiative. A short "DNA barcode" (about 700 nucleotides in length) is a unique pattern of DNA sequence that can potentially identify any living thing.
DNA barcoding projects allow students to link molecular genetics to ecology and evolution, with the potential to contribute to new scientific knowledge about biodiversity, conservation biology, and human effects on the environment.
DNA Barcoding is a 6-day immersive, project-based camp for rising 9th-12th grade students.
The camp cost is $120 per student. (Lunch is included each day)
- Extract and amplify DNA from environmental tissue samples
- Use computers to analyze DNA sequences and identify species of origin
- Create phylogenetic trees to display genetic and evolutionary relationship
- Complete an open-ended project to study and investigate local biodiversity
- Present project results in a semi-formal poster format
- become familiar with citizen science projects using iNaturalist