12. September 2020 - 9:30 till 15:00
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Nova Science: MENDEL’s MINIONS | Los Angeles Mission College | Saturday, 12. September 2020

This MENDEL’S MINIONS module is designed to help Scouts explore how genetic information affects our lives every day. This is a new Nova Science Award, created in February 2019.
REQUIREMENTS #1, #2, #3, and part of #4 are to be completed by 02/15/2020.
REQUIREMENT #2: Complete one Merit Badge from  the following list. Choose one you have not used for another Nova Award, Discuss with your counselor the genetic component of the merit badge you selected.

Animal Science
Bird Study
Forestry
Gardening
insect Study
Mammal Study
Medicine
Nature
Public Health
Reptile & Amphibian Study
Veterinary Medicine

REQUIREMENTS #1, #4, #5 and #6 will be completed on Saturday 02/22/20 as follows:
Req #4: Present a report of at least 800 words or 10 minutes (with visual aids) on one of the following topics. Make sure to include the ethical issues involved in your topic. If possible, present your report to your unit or another group in addition to presenting to your counselor.

Mendelian inheritance, DNA, RNA, genetics, genomics, sequencing, and Punnett squares
Genetic diseases, personalized medicine, and genetic counseling
Genetically modified food, transgenic animals, and hybrid foods
Use of large genetics databases for forensic analysis/solving crimes, genealogical research, or medical studies (The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), Catalogue of Somatic Mutations in Cancer (COSMIC), Exome Aggregation Consortioum (ExAC), 100,000 Genomes Project, mitochondria! DNA, etc.)
Pharmacogenetics and oncogenomics
Human Genome Project
CRISPR (Clustered Regularly-Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats)
Biotechnology, biologics, and biosimilar drugs

Req #5: Visit a place where genetic and genomic information is being used, e.g., a biotechnology company or research lab, genetic counselor, a physician's office, crime lab, zoo, natural history museum, farm, hatchery, nursery/greenhouse, etc. Discuss the work done there with one (or more) of the employees. Find out how they are using genetic information, how it has changed their work, and what they look forward to in the future. 
Req #6: Discuss with your counselor how genetics and genomics affect your everyday life and how you think it will affect your life in the future.
WORKSHEET FOR MINIONS:
http://usscouts.org/USSCOUTS/advance/nova/workbooks/Scout-Nova-7.pdf

NOTES - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY: 
1) Sign Up Scout using Scout First and Last Name with parent email address - one scout at a time.
2) This is a SEMI DROP OFF due to the Crime Lab physical space limitations.
3) Travel from wherever you are and the Crime Lab is your responsibility.
4) Scouts are to wear their CLASS A Field uniform and bring their worksheet or notebook, water bottle and **** lunch.