After School Program

Genes in Space - Exploratory Course

March 2, 2018 - April 20, 2018

This image shows a composite view of the Crab nebula, an iconic supernova remnant in our Milky Way galaxy, as viewed by the Herschel Space Observatory

This image shows a composite view of the Crab nebula as viewed by the Herschel Space Observatory and the Hubble Space Telescope.


The future of Space Exploration may take generations of humans into the farthest reaches of our galaxy, but we are still learning how the conditions space will affect our DNA. In the special course, offered in partnership with the Genes in Space contest, take off in an exploration of what genes are and how they, and our health, are affected by the specific effects of living thousands of miles above the earth. Learn what PCR experiments can teach us about identifying genes, and design an experiment that could be entered into the Genes in Space Competition. Your project, if accepted, could be conducted by astronauts living on the International Space station!

To learn more about Genes in Space contest visit: https://www.genesinspace.org

Meeting Times: Fridays 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Meeting Dates: 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/23, 4/13, 4/20