DNA and Genetics Lab

DNA and Genetics Lab

Grades: 6-12
Duration: 90 minutes

Available Times: 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

*Start and end times may be flexible. Please speak to the Group Reservations specialist when booking.

Available Dates: October 24-27, 2023 • December 5 - 8, 2023 • January 23-26, 2024 • February 13-16, 2024 • March 19 - 21, 2024 • April 23-26, 2024
Concepts/Skills: DNA sequence, genotype, phenotype, structure and function, cause and effect


Investigate the wonders of DNA and genetics. Students extract their own DNA, examine their own cells, and discover some of their own hidden genetic traits.

This lab was created in partnership with the Stanford Department of Genetics

Lab Guide

Design a robust learning experience by selecting resources from this guide that fit the needs of your students. Reinforce learning before, after and even during your visit by diving deeper into some of the science and engineering concepts.

Lab-Related Activities

Lessons marked with an orange gear icon address engineering within the Next Generation Science Standards.

Dino DNA

Grades 5-12

Examine how traits are handed down through generations by creating hypothetical dinosaurs.

Lesson: 30-45 mins

Evolutionary Puzzles

Grades 6-8

Create, organize, and structure data to explore patterns of heredity.

Lesson: 60 minutes

Vocabulary Choice Board

Grades K-12

Vocabulary activities to pair with one of our labs or other STEM activities.

Lesson: 20-30 min

DNA and Genetics Lab

Exhibit Connections

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