Finding Your Roots: The Seedlings

Dig into ancestry with genetics and genealogy.

The new web series “Finding Your Roots: The Seedlings” follows 13 young people at a new genetics and genealogy camp as they use science to answer the question “Who am I?” Inspired by the popular PBS series “Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.” and shot on the campus of Penn State University, campers explore their own family history and DNA ancestry with techniques never before used in an educational setting.

Find educational curriculum at http://www.fyrclassroom.org/

Episodes

Finding Your Roots campers

Evolution of Skin Color (Ep. 6)

Campers find out why ancestry and geography and natural selection are all important to determining skin color.

(12:06)

 

Sarah tweezers beak

Food For the Bird Brain (Ep. 5)

In this episode Finding Your Roots campers head outside to play a survival game of genetic mutations in natural selection called “Food for the Bird Brain”.

(9:35)

 

Young boy holding PTC paper

Leaving a Bitter Taste (Ep. 4)

Campers take the PTC test to see if they have the dominant gene for tasting bitter compounds.

(11:29)

 

Young boy looks surprised

DNA Ancestry (Ep. 3)

Campers make predictions about their genetic ancestry and then open their individual DNA test results to find out for certain.

(10:25)

 

Young girl looking at liquid in test tube

DNA Extraction (Ep. 2)

Campers extract and see their own DNA in anticipation of getting the results from their individual DNA ancestry tests.

(10:25)

 

Henry Louis Gates Jr

Overview (Ep. 1)

"Finding Your Roots" series host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. visits campers at the Finding Your Roots Genetics & Genealogy Camp.

(8:15)

 

 

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