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Genetics and Reproductive Technologies School Program

Genetics and Reproductive Technologies

Recessive or dominant gene? Artificial insemination or embryo transfer?
Challenge your secondary students with agricultural genetics problems in this 2 ½-hour program.

Program Description:

Challenge students to solve basic genetics problems using the Punnett square method and to improve the genetic makeup of the Museum’s dairy herd.

In the Genetics and Reproductive Technologies program, students will:

  1. identify a cow’s weakest trait
  2. improve this characteristic in the cow’s offspring by selecting the best bull for reproduction
  3. predict the genetic outcome of the pairing
  4. compare their answers to the cow’s actual records

Curriculum Links:

Grade 11 Science — Biology Secondary Cycle 2 Science and Technology, Competency 1 — Seeks answers or solutions to scientific or technological problems 
Grade 12 Science — Biology, Sciences    

Teacher Tips:

The Museum is also a demonstration farm, complete with potential hazards. Please advise students accordingly and dress for the outdoors. To plan your visit, see the pre-visit tips or download the pre-visit information PDF.


$9 per student, $1 per chaperone (group leader is free).
A minimum fee of $144 will be charged per group.


To reserve this program call 613-991-3053 or 1-866-442-4416 (toll free). You may also complete the online reservation form or email

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