Digital Book Builder

  • Client:
    co-principal investigators Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Dr. Nina Jablonski
  • Audience:
    Middle school age students
  • Media:
    Interactive iBook made with iBook Author
  • Production:
    Concept, design, script, animation, illustration, and narration by Lynn Fellman
  • Are you curious?:
    Would you like to see the iBook? Contact Fellman and she will send a link to a copy of the book. (Find her email on the "About" page).

The Digital Book Builder is an interactive visual tool designed to reinforce learning objectives in a summer camp curricula for middle school kids.

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 evolution. A teaching plan with an artistic component was devised to pair a student’s family story (their genealogy) with their gene story (DNA ancestry) to understand basic scientific concepts.

The plan received funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the result was the Genetics and Genealogy Summer Camps. The camp was launched in 2016 at Penn State and the University of South Carolina.

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