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24 May: Live Chat with special guest!

The next live Chat for all students is on 24 May between 12pm and 1pm. We will be joined by special guest Brian Douglas to talk all about 🌟gel electrophoresis 🌟 Brian is part of the Plant and Fungal Explorers, working at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He is the coordinator for the Darwin Tree of Life project there. See how his work involves gel electrophoresis: “At Kew, gel electrophoresis is an essential part of the DNA barcoding process we use for plants and fungi for the Darwin Tree of Life. By running extracted and/or amplified DNA through an agarose gel containing a dye that fluoresces under UV light when in contact with DNA, we can visually find out which samples worked and can be sent off for Sanger sequencing, and which samples have probably failed and need to be repeated, all at very low cost. It also gives an … Continue reading

Posted on May 17, 2022 by modhannah in News | Leave a comment

Welcome back to Darwin Tree of Life

There is lots to do in on the Darwin Tree of Life activity in this half term! Live Chat for all students Students enjoyed asking questions about genomes and proteomes in the last live Chat for all students. Check out some of our favourite moments: The next live Chat for all students is all about 🌟 gel electrophoresis 🌟 On Tuesday 24 May at 12pm come and Chat with scientists about method used in DNA sequencing. Have a look at some of the scientists that will be attending! Continue with the activity! Watch the new guidance video on how to use the activity Take part in the latest quiz Edit your profile to choose the species you want to track ASK a question to the scientists about the species they are sequencing Vote for your favourite scientist Download your certificate of participation! See which species scientists are working with Scientists … Continue reading

Posted on May 11, 2022 by modhannah in News | Leave a comment

Welcome back to the Darwin Tree of Life activity!

It’s the beginning of the Summer Term and we have lots of exciting updates!  Watch our new video, guiding you through the activity. Choose your favourite species to follow along with and take a look at the species that the experts are following from their profiles. Check out the Scientist of the Week on the Homepage! See which team they are from, what they are working on and ask them a question about anything you like. Update your progress with the activity from your Dashboard Monthly Chat for all Students The theme for the next live Chat is:  🌟 Gel electrophoresis 🌟 Chat with scientists working on the Darwin Tree of Life all about the methods they use in their work and see how this links to the work that you are completing in the classroom. Termly winner The team with the most votes in the Spring term was the Genome … Continue reading

Posted on April 28, 2022 by modhannah in News | Leave a comment

Today at 12pm: Live Chat with Darwin Tree of Life experts!

Monthly Chat for all Students The theme for today’s live Chat is:  🌟 Genomes Vs Proteomes 🌟 Connect with the experts involved in the extraordinary genome-sequencing project between 12pm and 1pm!  The experts will be available to discuss the genome sequencing process and you can see how their work links to yours! Click the Chat button to access the Chat. Boost your UCAS application Show your interest by following along with modern day science from acquisition to annotation. Engage with the professionals about their work and the areas of genomics that you are interested in and deepen your scientific and theoretical knowledge by accessing external academic sources! Quiz It’s a new term, so there is a new Quiz to take part in! Congratulations to Isobel, our latest winner! Enjoy your £10 voucher!

Posted on April 26, 2022 by modhannah in News | Leave a comment

Tomorrow at 12pm: Chat with experts from the Darwin Tree of Life project!

Monthly Chat for all Students The theme for tomorrow’s live Chat is:  🌟 Genomes Vs Proteomes 🌟 Connect with the experts involved in the extraordinary genome-sequencing project between 12pm and 1pm!  The experts will be available to discuss the genome sequencing process and you can see how their work links to yours! Click the Chat button to access the Chat. Boost your UCAS application Show your interest by following along with modern day science from acquisition to annotation. Engage with the professionals about their work and the areas of genomics that you are interested in and deepen your scientific and theoretical knowledge by accessing external academic sources! Quiz It’s a new term, so there is a new Quiz to take part in! Congratulations to Isobel, our latest winner! Enjoy your £10 voucher!

Posted on April 25, 2022 by modhannah in News | Leave a comment

The Winning Team of the Spring Term is the Genome Generators

This term’s winning team in Schools @ Darwin Tree of Life is… 🥇 The Genome Generators – “Specialists in DNA Extraction and Sequencing” The team brings the genomes into the lab, extract them, prepare them for sequencing, then make sure they’re safely transferred to the sequencing team for the big event! Over the Spring Term, the Genome Generators have received the most votes from the students! 🎉 Congratulations to the whole team! 🥳 The Schools @ Darwin Tree of Life trophy will be on its way to you soon! 🏆✨ Graeme Oatley Liz Cook  Jonathan Threlfall Luke Lythgoe Students get a new vote every term, so… Who do you think should win the Schools @ Darwin Tree of Life trophy? There is plenty of things to do in Schools @ Darwin Tree of Life over the holidays! Look through the experts’ profiles. Use Ask to send them your questions, then … Continue reading

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It’s Quiz time!

New term, new Quiz! Get your quizzing brains ready because the next Quiz is now live! The student who gets the most correct answers wins a £10 voucher. The winner of our last quiz was… (drumroll please…) Isobel C from Stockport Grammar School 🥳 Nice one Isobel! Your voucher is on its way! Think you can do better? Take part in this half term’s quiz ❯ Top tips for finding quiz answers: Meet the experts. Ask them your questions and read their profiles! Get updated. You can follow your favourite species’ updates as they’re being sequenced from your dashboard. Check out project updates and announcements. You’ll find these all around Schools @ Darwin Tree of Life. Good luck! 🤞

Posted on April 5, 2022 by modhannah in News | Leave a comment

What can you do before the Easter holidays in Schools @ Darwin Tree of Life?

It’s nearly the Easter holidays! That means it’s your last chance to: Vote for your favourite team this term! The Perfect Protists were our last winner – who will be the next? Take the current quiz to be in with the chance of winning a voucher! Our next Chat for all students is on Tuesday 26 April at 12pm. Experts from the Darwin Tree of Life project will be available to talk all about 🌟 Genomes vs Proteomes 🌟   Find out all about: The difference between genomes and proteomes. The techniques used to extract and sequence genomes and proteomes in the Darwin Tree of Life project How the work of the scientists can link to your work in the classroom! Want to talk to the experts before the live Chat? Ask them a question here >

Posted on March 30, 2022 by modhannah in News | Leave a comment

Today at 7pm: Chat with scientists about Field Sampling in the Darwin Tree of Life project!

⏰ The next monthly Chat for all students is on this evening, 7pm to 8pm ⏰The topic of today’s Chat is:⭐ Field Sampling ⭐We’ll be joined by a scientists from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and Whytham Woods  to talk about their experience of field sampling during their work with the Darwin Tree of Life project. Representing the Plant and Fungal Explorers is Kieran Woof. This is how their work is linked to field sampling! “The Darwin Tree of Life (DToL) fungal team at Kew are working with UK field mycologists to collect fresh collections across the fungal kingdom. Kingdom Fungi is an enormously diverse and essential component of global and UK biodiversity, comprising around a quarter of named UK eukaryotic species at around 17,000 known species. Fungi are present in some form in nearly all ecosystems and habitats, performing essential roles as decomposers, recyclers, and as symbionts with … Continue reading

Posted on March 22, 2022 by modhannah in News | Leave a comment

Tuesday 22 March: All about Field Sampling in the Darwin Tree of Life project!

The topic of next week’s Chat is: ⭐ Field Sampling ⭐Next week in Schools @ Darwin Tree of Life, the experts will be talking about their experience with field sampling in the Darwin Tree of Life project. ⏰ Join us on Tuesday 22 March at 7 pm to 8 pm! ⏰ Check out the experts who will be joining us: Brian Douglas, from Plant and Fungal Explorers is a mycologist who works as a Coordinator for the Darwin Tree of Life project at Kew, Royal Botanic Gardens. He is involved in the collecting work for fungi and plants so that they can be genome sequenced! Liam Crowley, from Woodland Wonderers, is an entomologist who works at Wytham Woods where he enjoys working outside looking for, photographing and recording interesting species! Come and talk to scientists about what sampling looks like, including: Choosing the sampling area What sampling methods are best … Continue reading

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