About this course
Why is E. coli normal yet makes us mortally ill? Does our DNA really contain junk? How come bacteria can become resistant to drugs, and how can we test for their resistance? These and many other issues will be addressed in the course Germs and Genetics: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.
In this six week course, your children will be introduced to the world of microbes and genetics through, 1) a weekly webinar with instructor, Theresa Adams; 2) projects testing the variety and density of bacteria growing in their environment, testing effectiveness of household cleaners and standard antibiotics against these bacteria they grew, make their own yogurt, and isolating DNA.; and 3) through study of culturally and medically significant issues such as the vast differences between us, bacteria, and viruses; how the culprit causing tuberculosis hijacks our immune systems; why influenza vaccines fluctuate in their effectiveness; how to predict offspring characteristics in breeding; and how scientists have used the genes of glowing jellyfish to make many other creatures glow.
Theresa Adams is a WSU microbiology graduate. She has worked in a variety of public and private labs and has taught microbiology and genetics since starting her own journey as a homeschooling mother.
Class registration fees pay for weekly webinar access, class field trip (not including travel expenses), and a hands-on project kit, to be mailed to you prior to the first day of class. Kits include class worksheets, key details, book(s) or booklet(s), and project materials.
- NOTE: Students must be at least 12 or have special permission to register for this course
- Course runs: Week of June 26 – Week of July 31
- Weekly 1.5 hour webinar, Mondays, 10:30-12:00 pm PST
- Half-day field trip to Dr. Michael Konkel's bacteriology lab, Washington State University, date TBA
- Registration opens: March 1
- Cost: $200
- Early bird (May 1) and out-of-area participant fee (not attending field trip): $150