GLOBAL DOCTORS: DNA

Genetics and World Health for Grades 6-9

In this course, students and their global partners learn about genetics, while discovering how environmental and social conditions around the world can influence those things for better or worse.

WORLD HEALTH
WORLD HEALTH

Explore the dynamics of health from country to country.

GENETICS
GENETICS

Learn about DNA - what it is, how it replicates, what it determines and how it can be manipulated.

GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP
GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP

Collaborate by video with a Global Partner Student to discover how environment and genetics interact.

Course Description

In this course students explore whether the environment or DNA determines who we are as individuals and how we live our lives. Together with their Global Partner, students will learn about genetics and epigenetics while discovering how environmental and social conditions around the world can influence those things for better or worse. They will conduct a variety of experiments and participate in activities such as making Punnett squares, building molecular models and delving into case studies of genetic traits and mutations.

Teacher Feedback

“Teachers in my village were immediately interested in running Level Up Village courses. They wanted to be trained and learn to help the students succeed because we were all on the same page: education helps individuals get out of poverty and promotes economic growth. Watching the students in my local schools learn about DNAvideo game design, the chemistry of water and anatomy through their LUV courses is exciting because the students are having fun and are very engaged. Moreover, the teachers are, too.” (See the full story here.)

Taylor Chustz

Exponential Education in Ghana

“After our class was done, I realized that throughout our lessons, there was one thing that made the kids deeply quiet, attentive, and pensive – immediately. This was when someone would mention an experience of real illness among people they knew – whether it be dementia, atrial fibrillation, or a surgery. It was very touching to realize how sensitive and respectful the children were when it came to these problems. More importantly, it was very clear to them that DNA research was one possible solution. And some of them are already considering being part of that solution in the future!” (See the full story here.)

Wendy Cheng

Articles about Global Doctors: DNA

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