Biotechnology Learning Center
Discover the history and science behind plant biotechnology through hands-on demonstrations and activities.
- Explore plant hybridization.
- View plan cells through the microscope.
- Extract DNA from fruit.
Ideal for ages 10 and up.
It is located on the fourth floor in ScienceWorks. The BLC staff offer public programming demonstrations at specified times, in addition to displaying the exciting science of plant biotechnology in an informal and dynamic setting.
What is Biotechnology?
At The Children's Museum, we believe that biotechnology is the process by which humans use living things as tools to create new products.
January/February Lab Schedule
Jan. 29: Hand Washing Challenge
Jan. 30: A Tree in Winter
Jan. 31-Feb. 1: Micro G and Me!
Feb. 2 and 4: Hand Washing Challenge
Feb. 5-6: George Washington Carver
Feb. 7: Of Seeds and Soap
Feb. 8-9: DNA in My Food?
Feb. 11-13: A Tree in Winter
Feb. 14-15: Hand Washing Challenge
Feb. 16-17: Prehistoric Protein
Feb. 18-19: Micro G and Me
Feb. 20: Lab Closed (no public programs)
Feb. 21: A Tree in Winter
Feb. 22-23: George Washington Carver
Feb. 25-26: Hand Washing Challenge
Feb. 27-28: A Tree in Winter
Using biotechnology is so fascinating because we can change the world in many ways—by cleaning up oil spills, keeping bugs away from certain crops, and creating fruits and vegetables with more vitamins.
About the Biotechnology Learning Center
This classroom space is dedicated to teaching upper elementary and middle school youths and their families about the history of biotechnology, the science behind it, and how our foods and plants will be affected by this growing science. Located on Level 4, the Biotechnology Learning Center in the DOW ScienceWorks Gallery includes 1,500 square feet of lab space. The Biotechnology Lab is suited for school and family activities and demonstrations. The goal of this facility is to help the general public become aware of the relevance of biotechnology in our world today. Opportunities for workshops, classes, distance links, and institutes will be available for teachers and students to help them gain knowledge and understanding of this difficult and changing field and its role in their lives.