AS/A2 level programme - Cloning workshop (Biology)
In this session, AS/A2 level students investigate asexual reproduction in conservation and mass propagation techniques. The cloning workshop is part of a half day or full day visit that is tailored to suit the needs of your group and planned in detail prior to the visit.
Students dissect explants from cauliflower.
Students use sterile techniques to propagate cauliflower explants in sterile media. The uses of cloning as a tool of conservation to protect further collection of threatened plants are also considered, along with the limitation and disadvantages of cloning.
- Length: Typical workshop - 1.5 - 2 hours.
- Group size: 20 students.
- Minimum supervision required: 1 adult per 10 students.
- Programme cost: Part of a full day visit - fee starts at £180 | Part of a half day visit - fee starts at £130 | See our detailed pricing plan for more information.
School visits at Wakehurst support and enhance the curriculum offered in schools and colleges. We aim to give students opportunities that are difficult or impossible to create in the school or college environment.
As teachers ourselves, we design our sessions to match the learning outcomes in the National Curriculum.
The learning outcomes shown apply to the curriculum as it is at this time. Please note that all our sessions have a cross curricular approach and are tailored to suit the educational needs of your group. This session offers students the opportunity to learn to:
- use micropropagation techniques
- investigate totipotency in plants
- use sterile techniques, explants of cauliflower can be propagated in sterile media
- explore the uses of cloning as a tool of conservation to protect further collection of threatened plants
- consider the limitations and disadvantages of cloning.
Links with the AS/A2 level curriculum
The specification for exam boards vary. When you book a school visit at Wakehurst, let us know which exam board you are using and we will work with you to tailor the session for your students.
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