Join students Sophie, Tomás, Emma, and Marcus during Fifth Period! This STEM comic strip chronicles the exciting and often hilarious adventures of a close-knit group of four friends as they learn about science, technology, engineering, and math from their kooky, inspiring, off-the-wall science teacher, Mr. Kepler. When they're not in class, these kids love to explore the vast world of STEM on their own, launching weather balloons, programming computer games, and cataloging insects, sometimes with unpredictable and highly entertaining results!
Check back on the first and third Friday of every month for a new Fifth Period strip!
Curiosity Is in Her Genes
It's true! Geneticists are making a difference every day, whether it’s working with forensics to solve mysteries, helping to develop stronger crops for agricultural use, or finding out what causes genetic defects. How do they do this? Geneticists are scientists who work to unlock the secrets of the human genome—the entirety of human genetic information, housed in our DNA (that makes us who we are!)—as well as the genomes for many other species. By studying gene sequences, geneticists can uncover which genes are responsible for which traits in a species, or which genes have mutated! There’s still a lot more to be learned from our genes because they contain much of the same genetic information passed on from our ancestors over many, many, MANY years....
And speaking of ancestors...
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As we learn more about genes and how they work (thanks to geneticists), more researchers are pushing the boundaries of what they can do. Read about how one researcher plans to reverse-engineer the genes of a chicken to create a dinosaur! Just as we possess the same genetic information as our ancestors, other species—like birds—contain the genetic information of some very large creatures that roamed our planet a looooong time ago. Could a pet dino be in Sophie’s future?