Genomics S.T.E.A.M. (3rd/4th graders)
THIS CLASS IS FULL AT THIS TIME: What is the human genome? How does probability play a factor in genes and family characteristics? What does DNA have to do with criminal investigations? During this 3-day morning camp, students will have the opportunity explore the fascinating world of genomics and how it affects every aspect of our social world. Activities include family traits passed down to children, self-portraits focusing on phenotypes, engineering projects focusing on natural selection and collecting family data on facial features
Kelly Schrandt is currently a 7th and 8th grade S.T.E.A.M. teacher at Stewartville Middle School in Stewartville, Minnesota. Over the last four years, he has developed the S.T.E.A.M. curriculum which includes a grant-supported 3D printer lab. In addition to full-time teaching, he has worked with students as young as 1st grade in programs such as the Rochester Art Center’s Total Art Day Camp: Genomic S.T.E.A.M Camp, Camp Invention, Zumbro Education District’s Gifted and Talented Day Camp, to high school students in the Minnesota Institute for Talented Youth. Mr. Schrandt’s education includes a B.F.A. in Animation (97’), a B.A. in K-6 elementary instruction, a 5-8 science licensure (10’), and a M.A. in Education (11’). His professional development experience includes 2013-2014 N.S.T.A. New Science Teacher Fellowship and 2016 Honeywell Educators at Space Academy.