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It's All About the Genes: Virtual Learning


Grades: 7th – 9th Grade

Hosted in the Glass Barn, It’s All About the Genes is a new virtual program about biotechnology and its role in food, fiber, and fuel production, sponsored by the Indiana Soybean Alliance. Students will extract DNA, explore GMOs, and evaluate the reliability of sources of information through Project Based Learning.

Field Trip Fee: It’s All About the Genes is fully funded by the Indiana Soybean Alliance and comes at NO COST to you!

Program Layout

1. Introductory Lesson Plan: DNA Structure and Extraction

  • 50-90 minutes of lesson plans to be completed prior to virtual experience
  • Classroom teacher delivered
  • Utilized to eliminate defining vocabulary and key concepts during virtual experience
  • Entices participants to be more engaged in virtual experience

2. Virtual Program Lesson Plan: Soybean Genetics and GMOs

  • 45 minute experience using hands-on and multimedia components
  • The Education staff delivers virtual learning from the Glass Barn at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center
  • Highly interactive and engaging

3. Follow-up Lesson Plan: Tools of the Trade

  • 50-90 minutes lesson plans to be completed after participating in virtual experience
  • Classroom teacher delivered
  • Utilized to layer reinforcement of vocabulary and key concepts

What you get

All lesson plans and kit materials sent prior to the scheduled virtual field trip. The following items will be packaged in the kit.

  • Experiment supplies for each class
  • Flip book lab instructions
  • Student Lab Books for data collection and accountability
  • Virtual Fieldtrip step-by-step connection instructions
  • Pre-test and Post-test evaluation links
  • Teacher lesson plans
  • Lab layouts and Set-up instructions

Click Here to view the Academic Standards

What you need

Virtual Barns programming will be delivered via Google Hangouts from the Glass Barn at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center.


  • Internet connection (wired connection preferred)
  • Computer or iPad and phone
  • Camera
  • Microphone


October 5 – December 18


Registration for the Spring 2022 semester will be available in August! If you would like notification when Spring registration becomes available, please contact

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