With the internet out across the district, today students went old-school and really dug into their Life Science textbooks. With 19th century technology, fittingly, we read about Gregor Mendel and his pea plants. Mendel's careful gardening of more than 30,000 pea plants, which he bred for many different traits including color, height, and shape, led to our modern understanding of Genetics. Although Mendel never knew about genes or the structure of DNA and was not free from controversy, his contributions to science are undeniable and laid the ground work for our modern understanding of how traits are inherited generation to generation.
Mr. Powell is a High School Science Teacher in Western Colorado.