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Lantern Moon: What is the role of genes in our body? Primary students do research!


Why do people have different coloured eyes, hair or skin? Why do some people get less ill than others? Josef Penninger is a geneticist and does research on how genes work as command headquarters of the cells and which effects they have on our bodies. In ‘Lantern Moon and Hot Ears’ he presents fascinating questions and tasks for primary school students about genetics. The students for example monitor how the ‘biological clock’ of pets is determined by genes.

The teaching brochure ‘Lantern Moon and Hot Ears’ was created by an international working group following the Science on Stage festival 2011 in Copenhagen. The new edition with simplified texts contains templates which can be copied to promote language skills with natural sciences. Scientists explain in them, how they came to their chosen profession and the sometimes odd stories that happened to them along the way. The collection contains assignments to promote language skills for students with various experiments. Primary school teachers working with these assignments do not need to have specialized scientific knowledge. The brochure can be downloaded here.

Lantern Moon and Hot Ears - Josef Penninger, Geneticist
Laternenmond und heiße Ohren - Josef Penninger, Genforscher

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