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Finding Your Roots


The research camps for Finding Your Roots have been completed.

Please check with Penn State Science-U for more information about future, non-research camp availability.

For full episodes of the Emmy Award winning WPSU web series Finding Your Roots: The Seedlings, as well as access to the full curriculum and teacher resources, please visit

For information about acquiring genetic ancestry test kits for your classroom, please visit DNA Learn

Who Am I???

Why do people always say "You’re going to be tall like your dad!"? Does your mom’s baby picture look like an Instagram post of your baby picture? What’s up with that?!?

children in lab coats child performing science experiment

You are who you are, in part because of your genes and your genealogy.

Genes are like instructions that turn on commands that make traits show up. Genealogy is your family history, including births, deaths, traditions, marriages, and movements from place to place. We think that you want to get creative while learning about their DNA and family history. Sometimes science 

children looking into microscopes

classrooms don’t give kids the time to really dig into the science they’re curious about, like personal genetics, evolution, anthropology and fitness.

This camp was a project partnership between campers and researchers.

The researchers want to find ways to help students have a positive experience with science. We will also be looking at student attitudes about the science you are studying. We are really interested in the experiences of students from a variety of backgrounds who may not have always had the best experiences in science classes.

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