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About the DIY Project

This project is all about DNA, the mystery code that defines all the living organisms that humans could find on our beautiful earth.

In this project you will be the part of a team of biologists who are trying to extract the DNA, which could further help them find more about the life and their origin.

Do you know? Detection of coronavirus and its testing would never be possible without extraction of DNA. DNA could tell us more about coronavirus and help scientists develop vaccinations to save people of this world.

Do you like solving mysteries and ask why all animals look different and why even you look different from your father and mother. This DIY project on DNA extraction is for you.

Concepts Covered
DNA Cell Structure Mixture and Separation Density Biochemical Reaction
Target Skills
Critical Thinking Information Literacy Literacy Skills Exchanging Information Skills
Life on Land Good Health and Wellbeing Quality Education
Basic Biology Lab Tools
What you get

You will get a set of chemical and experimental tools with which you can set up a mini bio-lab at your home. Most of tools in this kit would help you extract DNA out of fruits, plants, and humans. Also, you will get Makershala App instructions, project credentials, experiment guides, safety instructions, anti-spill goggles, safety gloves, and worksheets that would help you solve biological mysteries like a bio-scientist.

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Learner Reviews
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Pulkit Mehra
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Shailendra Sharma
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Andrew Price
Amazing project. thank you for sharing!


Kit contains all the tools and material to extract DNAs out of plants, fruits, humans, and some common biological things that a child is curious about.
The project is only suitable for a child of age 10 and above. The child is expected to have adult supervision while working with tools in this project.
Most of the chemicals and tools needed for this projects are generally considered safe for children’s use. But Makershala recommends proper precautions such as wearing anti-spill goggles, wearing gloves, and taking adult’s help while working with chemicals such as IPA (Iso-propyl alcohol, that is also used in sanitizers), liqud detergents, etc.


About Makershala

Makershala is a Learning by Making ecosystem for kids from age 8-16 to help them discover their interests, develop future skills and deepen conceptual understanding. Makershala follows the Project Based Learning approach as its way of teaching in which kids work on authentic, real life & personally meaningful projects.

Kids work on these projects in different educational settings, namely; self-learning; online 1:4 Peer to Peer with a mentor; or in a school. Projects are categorized in different interest segments like Robotics, Coding, Electronics, 3D Printing, Animations, Photography, Machine Learning, Astronomy and many more.

Each project is mapped with classroom concepts, 21st century skills, UN sustainable development goals and interests/careers to not only focus on holistic development of a child but help them identify their calling by giving them exposure to problems that exist in the real world.

Why Project-Based Learning

Project-Based Learning has the potential to solve many of the learning problems we see today beyond foundational literacy.

  • Ownership: Learners have complete ownership on what they need to know to solve a problem and come up with the best solution in the best way. It can be a concept or a software tool or a skill. Kids involved in projects are never required to be told to study.

  • Interdisciplinary: Unlike traditional learning where subjects are taught in silos and learners develop a perception of liking or disliking a subject. In project based learning, the given problem is supreme and it may require to know something from maths, science and history together.

  • Experiential learning: We generally retain 75% of what we do as opposed to only 5% of what we hear and 10% of what we read, hence PBL helps kids retain what they learn.

  • Lifelong learning: The most important gift that PBL gives to its learners is to make them lifelong learners as this is the most required skill to lead a good life, personally & professionally.

  • Skills & Knowledge balance: Project-based learning doesn’t focus too much on memorizing information, rather it equally demands practising life skills to be able to do better in projects.

How Makershala Works

  • Parents and Kids who wish to start their journey with Makershala, are suggested to pick one interest area of the child and then choose a plan.

  • Parents and Kids after enrolling in a course based on their interest are assigned a batch. Each batch has 3-4 learners and 1 mentor.

  • Each course has 6 guided projects and 1 challenge project.

  • During the project, formative assessments are conducted to evaluate learner’s knowledge & skills.

  • On completion of a project parents and kids get a learning report which indicates the skills and knowledge developed/displayed by them.

  • Kids also build their portfolio which showcases problems solved, solutions created, skills developed, knowledge acquired and technologies learnt.

  • Kids earn rewards in the form of badges, points and coins for their performance in a project, course and overall.

  • Kids are maneuvered to take up courses and projects from different learning segments to gain more clarity on their interests. This eventually helps them in picking up a career.