Strawberries and science

PUBLISHED: 15:04 29 June 2015

Pupils enjoying DNA project from Walliscote Primary School.

Pupils enjoying DNA project from Walliscote Primary School.


STRAWBERRY season is here and pupils at one primary school in Weston have found an alternative use for the fruit – extracting its DNA.

Aside from eating them as snacks Walliscote Primary School’s students have been dissecting strawberries during a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) session.

The workshop was following on from the school’s science lessons, which have been focusing on how DNA works for the past term.

The STEM workshops are held in schools across the district to try to encourage and improve competitiveness in science and technology development for children.

Students used washing up liquid to extract DNA from the strawberries in three separate sessions which were held for all of the school’s year five and six pupils.

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