Who are we?
We are a group of graduate students committed to the mission of increasing public knowledge and appreciation of science.
What do we do?
We believe that the best way to learn scientific concepts and understand the importance of science education is by doing it. Most of our lessons are simple and hands-on, mostly using equipment and supplies teachers and families have easy access to. We seek to engage the community and improve science education in several ways, and we are always looking for new connections and opportunities to share our passion and ideas.
Current and Ongoing Projects:
- We visit Brogden Middle School twice monthly, where we work with 6th grade classes to teach math-based lessons and lead hands-on science activities.
- Through participation in various science outreach events and fairs at Duke and local museums, we bring basic concepts of genetics to a broader audience of all ages. Some of these events include:
- SciTech Expo at the NC Science Museum in Raleigh
- DNA Day -- all over NC
- Science Nights at elementary and middle schools
- We develop and lead events for NC Science Olympiads (http://www.sciencenc.com/) every spring. We can create tests for elementary, middle, and high school events.
News Briefs About DoinGG:
DOinGG @ Science Under the Stars
UPGG’s outreach group, Duke Outreach in Genetics and Genomics (DOinGG) spent Wednesday, September 23rd at the annual Science Under the Stars event. From 6-8 p.m., UPGG students talked with children, parents, and Durham community members about the genetics of model organisms. They discussed why geneticists use model organisms, key medical findings made using these models, and current research going on at Duke utilizing model systems. There were three live model organisms on display for visitors to see under the microscope: zebrafish larvae, C. elegans, and the fruit fly. Attendees voted on the “coolest” model organism – this year’s winner was the zebrafish larvae. They are typically a crowd favorite: At only two days old, these fish have a beating heart and blood flow, some motility, eyes, a developing gut, and complete innate immune system!
Science Under the Stars is a yearly event coordinated by Duke’s Chemistry Outreach Coordinator, Ken Lyle. Other fun activities at the event included liquid nitrogen ice cream, biofilm formation, ‘Are You Smarter Than a Lemur,’ and many more!
Next month, DOinGG will be at Campout Carnival. Campout Carnival is a family-friendly, alcohol-free event associated with Campout on October 10 from 10a.m. to 4p.m. on the Krzyewskiville Lawn. At this event, DOinGG will be making candy DNA helices, doing genetic taste tests, and talking about all things genetics from 11a.m.-1p.m. All ages are welcome! If you’re interested in joining UPGG’s outreach group or are interested in having some fun hands-on science at your next event, please e-mail DOinGG2@gmail.com. Be sure to like DOinGG on facebook for more updates!
- We have partnered with Central Park School for Children, during their 5th grade electives, to offer a genetics class. Over the course of ten weeks, topics include heredity, genes, and DNA.
- We developed lesson plans for elementary, middle, and high school teachers in collaboration with SciREN (http://www.thesciren.org/), a research scientist and teacher networking group. These lessons focused on antibiotic drug resistance from a biological and medical perspective, with lessons tailored for all ages. All of those materials are available here (https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_dZqqogLbwOc0liQXFmak9JWkk&authuser=0).
- We volunteer in the Micro World Investigate lab (http://naturalsciences.org/nature-research-center/micro-world-investigate-lab) at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences
- Career fairs at the high school and college level: What does a career in science mean?
- High school lab experiments
- Campus lab tours
You can e-mail us with potential ideas for collaborations or for us to come to your event. We are all full-time graduate students, so our workdays are usually pretty busy. We are most available for weekends and evenings.
You can also check us out on facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DukeOutreachGeneticsGenomics).