Your Genetic Traits

by  Long Island Science Center

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Why do you look the way you do? Why are some people tall or short, blonde or brunette, or allergic to pets others love to hug? Learn all about genetics and inheritance while you discover how your traits make up you. This program can be delivered in either English or Spanish.

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About This Program


By Request: $225.00


45-60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12Public Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Sciences, STEM

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Booking Information

Programs are available from 8am-7pm EST

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If your plans change, please let us know as soon as possible. Cancellations made less than 4 weeks out from your reserved date will be subject to a 10% cancellation fee. Cancellations made less than 2 weeks out are subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Date rescheduling may be done up to 2 weeks before your reserved date. Rescheduling done less than 2 weeks before your date will be subject to a 10% rescheduling fee.

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Long Island Science Center

Riverhead, NY
United States

Today's students - tomorrow's innovators! The Long Island Science Center is a 501(c)3 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)  Learning Museum with a mission to prepare young people for the challenges of a 21st century economy built on advanced technology and innovation. We have provided STEAM based programs to students in schools and libraries in the New York Area since 1995. Our programs have been delivered to more than 350,000 students.

We ignite curiosity, fuel creativity and unlock the passion for problem-solving and discovery with hands-on STEAM curricula, programs, and interactive experiences designed to cultivate future leaders and engaged citizens.

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Program Details


1. The program will begin with an introduction to genetics, and what the study of genetics entails.
2. The educator will engage the students in a question and answer related to DNA and Genes to provide a discussion-based learning structure.
3. The educator will elaborate on the meaning of DNA, Chromosomes, Genes, Alleles (dominant and recessive/heterozygous and homozygous), and inheritance.
4. The educator will demonstrate a few physical traits that are inherited (hitchhiker's thumb, top thumb in a hand clasp, widow's peak) and then introduce the activity.
5. The student's will determine their own possible genotypes (with respect to their traits and the possible genotypes for each trait) and note them on the traits worksheet.
6. After they have completed the traits worksheet, the students will complete the tongue mapping activity.
7. If time allows, we take questions


- Develop an understanding of genes as the smallest units of inherited material.
- Distinguish which traits are inherited through genes.
- Determine one's own potential genotype given the information regarding heterozygous or homozygous genotypes.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

LS1A 6-8 -- Structure and function
LS1A 9-12 -- Structure and function
LS3A 6-8 -- Inheritance of traits
LS3A 9-12 -- Inheritance of traits
LS3B 6-8 -- Variation of traits
LS3B 9-12 -- Variation of traits
LS4D 6-8 -- Biodiversity and humans
LS4D 9-12 -- Biodiversity and humans