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    The Exploratorium
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    In this activity, learners simulate the process of DNA fingerprinting by using electricity to separate colored dyes. Learners use simple materials to assemble a comb (electrophoresis chamber) to...

    Over $20 per group Ages 11 - 18 1 to 2 hours
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    NISE Network
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    In this activity, learners create a necklace of wheat germ DNA. Learners add alcohol to wheat germ so that the DNA clumps together. Use this activity to talk about how self-assembly is a process by...

    $10 - $20 per group Ages 4 - adult 5 to 10 minutes
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    Make
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    In this activity, learners extract DNA from their own cheek cells, then create a rudimentary DNA profile similar to those seen on crime scene dramas. This step by step guide includes instructions...

    Over $20 per group Ages 11 - adult 1 to 7 days
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    Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
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    In this engineering design activity, learners will design, test, and build a “haunting machine” to solve a Sherlockian mystery. Learners will experience the engineering design process, including...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 11 - 14 45 to 60 minutes
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    Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
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    Learners press their fingertip onto a clean Plexiglas sheet. The fingerprints are then revealed as learners dust over the print with fingerprint powder. They can lift their prints with clear tape,...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 6 - adult Under 5 minutes
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    Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
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    In this activity (on page 2) about fingerprint analysis, learners use graphite from a pencil and scotch tape to capture their fingerprints. Learners stick the tape to paper and analyze their...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 4 - 14 5 to 10 minutes
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    New York Hall of Science
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    This activity is about collecting and analyzing DNA as part of a criminal investigation. Learners collect their own cheek cells, burst the cell membranes with detergent, and then precipitate DNA...

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 8 - 18 10 to 30 minutes
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    Twin Cities Public Television
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    In this activity (page 1 of the PDF under SciGirls Activity: Forensics), learners will use a home video camera with a “night vision” mode to test how various inks appear outside the spectrum of...

    Over $20 per group Ages 8 - 14 30 to 45 minutes
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    Twin Cities Public Television
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    This activity (on page 2 of the PDF under SciGirls Activity: Forensics) is a full inquiry investigation into how hairs from a crime scene are matched to suspects. Learners each take a single hair...

    Over $20 per group Ages 8 - 14 1 to 2 hours