Community Outreach



In conjunction with the five new episodes of The DNA Files, the Exploratorium has created interactive workshops that provide an introduction to the basics of genetics for general audiences. Hands-on activities explore DNA’s structure and role in evolutionary change, similarities between humans and other creatures, and the role of climate change in genetic processes. The workshops can be used on their own or as an educational supplement to The DNA Files radio programs.

Each hour-long workshop is designed for 20 to 30 participants and is geared to families and groups of all ages. The series is especially appropriate for ages 7-12. Presenters can download workshop scripts, activity instructions, graphics, and source lists of easily available materials to create an engaging learning experience for audiences in a variety of settings. No prior knowledge about DNA is required for workshop presenters or participants.

The workshops can be used in two ways:

  • To build an introductory course on DNA to use with the same group over a period of days or weeks.
  • To offer three different, individual workshops, perhaps in combination with other exhibits or programs.

Go to the Exploratorium site for more information.

The DNA Files workshops were developed by the Exploratorium® as an outreach component of The DNA Files public radio documentary series with funding from National Science Foundation Grant No. ESI 0452611.