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Finding Your Roots


Who Am I???

Why do people always say "You’re going to be tall like your dad!"? Does your mom’s baby picture look like an Instagram post of your baby picture? What’s up with that?!?

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You are who you are, in part because of your genes and your genealogy.

Genes are like instructions that turn on commands that make traits show up. Genealogy is your family history, including births, deaths, traditions, marriages, and movements from place to place. We think that you want to get creative while learning about their DNA and family history. Sometimes science 

children looking into microscopes

classrooms don’t give kids the time to really dig into the science they’re curious about, like personal genetics, evolution, anthropology and fitness.

This camp is a project partnership between campers and researchers.

The researchers want to find ways to help students have a positive experience with science. We will also be looking at student attitudes about the science you are studying. We are really interested in the experiences of students from a variety of backgrounds who may not have always had the best experiences in science classes.

In exchange for your participation, we will cover most of the expenses associated with attending the camp.

NEW for 2017: we will be offering THREE different camp opportunities:

Genetics & Genealogy Detectives (June 19-30): This is a two-week residential/day research camp where campers will dig into case files to discover genetic traits and genealogical relationships. No personal information will be used!

Finding Your Roots: Unscripted (July 10-14): This one-week residential/day non-research camp is offered in collaboration with PBS affiliates WPSU/WETA to produce a PBS documentary and video clips to support students and teachers who will use the curriculum in the future.

Finding Your Roots (July 17-28): This is a two-week residential/day research camp where campers will use their own DNA and family histories to learn about genetics and genealogy.

Depending on which camp you attend, campers may or may not get a DNA test before camp. If your camp uses personal information, we will give you a voucher to obtain a kit from once camp registration is completed. During camp we will use a small sample of information from your DNA test to talk about several topics like inherited traits, evolution and anthropology. You will talk about your traits, like hair/eye/skin color, smell/taste perception, lactose intolerance and caffeine metabolism, with other campers. You will also do some genealogical research to learn about your family members, their traits and traditions.

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