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What's Lurking in Lunch

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What's Lurking in Lunch

In this printable board game, learners play the part of science professionals who employ bioinformatics to narrow down a series of suspected food-borne pathogens, specials, and eateries to determine who dunnit after a series of unpleasant symptoms strike the students of a local high school. This game requires 3-4 players.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Learning Time:
1 to 2 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineering
    • Technology
      • Medical Technology
  • Life Sciences
    • Heredity and Genetics
      • DNA Structure and Function
    • Human Body
      • Health and Nutrition
      • Medicine
      • Immune System
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
    • Problem Solving
    • Representation
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results
    • Science as a Career

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking
  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All Rights Reserved, Arizona Science Center, ©2012

Funding Source:

  • Science Education Partnership Award, National Institutes of Health


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