Hands-on Activities

These fun, interactive activities provide new and interesting ways for students to discover genomics. Explore these resources and incorporate them into their lesson plans.

Hands-on Activities

An educational (and delicious) introduction to DNA structure through edible model building.

Learn More icon Grade 8, 9, 10, icon 0-30 mins
Hands-on Activities

Explore the societal benefits and challenges of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) by working in groups to solve 8 criminal cases.

Learn More icon Grade 10, 11, 12, icon 30–60 mins
Hands-on Activities

In this advanced version of our build-a-bee activity, learn about the process of DNA > RNA > protein and what happens to organisms when mutations arise.

Learn More icon Grade 11, 12, icon 30–60 mins
Hands-on Activities

Stop global catastrophe by engineering genes into a pipecleaner plasmid and discuss how global challenges can have biological solutions.

Learn More icon Grade 10, 11, 12, icon 30–60 mins
Hands-on Activities

Experience how genes and environment combine to shape evolution in this hands-on activity modeled after Darwin's famous study on Galapagos finches.

Learn More icon Grade 10, 11, icon 30–60 mins
Hands-on Activities

See how different kinds of mutation can impact organism physiology with this fun build-a-bee activity.

Learn More icon Grade 10, 11, icon 30–60 mins
PHOTO CREDIT: Tess Watson
Hands-on Activities

Extract and visualize DNA from cells using some basic household chemicals

Learn More icon Grade 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, icon 0-30 mins
Hands-on Activities

How do we inherit specific traits from our parents? With the help of extraterrestrial babies, students will “cross” the two alien parents to discover how phenotypic.

Learn More icon Grade 10, 12, icon 30–60 mins
Hands-on Activities

Learn how traits are inherited from one generation to the next with this interactive introduction to heredity and Punnett Squares.

Learn More icon Grade 9, 10, icon 30-60 mins
Hands-on Activities

Learn how to information is encoded in DNA by making a simple bracelet with 4 differently coloured beads.

Learn More icon Grade 8, 9, 10, icon 30–60 mins