Summer Camp Finding Your Roots

  • Client:
    Principal investigators Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Dr. Nina Jablonski
  • Audience:
    Summer Camp for middle school students
  • Media:
    Interactive iBook and Power Point book
  • Production:
    Concept, design, script, animation, illustration, and narration by Lynn Fellman

The Digital Book Builder is an interactive visualization tool designed to reinforce learning objectives in a summer camp curricula for middle school kids. The proposal received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and has been a hit with young people during the 2016, 2017, and 2018 summer seasons. Watch what the kids say about the camp.

The concept for the camp began with a team of scientists and one artist (Fellman) researching ways to educate young people about human biology, genetics, and human evolution. Curricula written by Dr. Elizabeth Wright and a visualization tool developed by Fellman guided a student through their family history and genetic ancestry while learning about genomics.

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