DNA Pop-BeadsThis hands-on activity demonstrates DNA structure and replication using “Pop-Beads” available from science education supply companies.
DNA Beads DNA is the language of biological evolution. This simple hands-on activity provides a hands on way to learn about DNA’s structure, replication, transcription and translation using beads on pip cleaners.
String Genome Create a model of the human genome. In this hands-on activity, students create a string genome which simulates the length of DNA in each human cell. This activity shows the relative amounts of genes to “dark DNA.”
Tinkering With Evolution – This hands-on activity lets students “tinker” with DNA to observe duplication and modification as important sources of genetic variation. Velcro simulates genes. Tinkering with these Velcro “genes” demonstrates point mutations, duplications and DNA mobility.
Skulls Lab– by Martin Nickels of Evolution & the Nature of Science Institutes.
The Genographic Project– This web site lets you have your own DNA tested, so that you may be part of this project that shows the how all people alive today descended from a group of African Ancestors around 60,000 years ago. Sponsored by National Geographic.
Family Tree DNA – Send in your DNA for testing to determine your evolution within your family tree.
Bird Beak Adaptations– Hands on investigation of how shape and structure of beaks affects the type of food that birds are able to eat.
Date A Rock– This activity uses beans and corn to simulate the use of radioisotope half-lives to provide a reliable measure for age-dating rocks. Age-dating rocks involves counting atoms and comparing the counts. Download worksheet .