It’s All About the Genes

All About The Genes
Grades: 7th, 8th & 9th Grade

Want to be one of the first teachers in Indiana to take part in a virtual science and agriculture learning experience from the Glass Barn?

Free to first 48 teachers to sign up for the 2017/2018 school year.
Free kit materials for class.

You don’t even have to leave the classroom!

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. This will be the first program to launch through the Virtual Learning Center located in the Glass Barn at the Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center.

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 BARNS staff delivers virtual from the Glass Barn at the Indiana State Fair
  • 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 a class of up to XX students
  • 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.


  • Google+, which is available with every Gmail account
  • Internet connection (wired connection preferred)
  • Device (Computer, IPad, phone)
  • Camera
  • Microphone