DNA Detectives

Police find a man murdered in a local hotel, DNA everywhere, and now they need scholars' help. Budding detectives step into a crime scene playing the roles of victim, suspects, and investigators. They apply knowledge of criminology and DNA matching to determine the guilty party and make an arrest.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use a doll as the body instead of a pupil, so everyone participates in the science aspect (rather than having one just lying on the floor)
  • Extend the discussion to include the genetic profile databases such as 23&Me, Ancestry.com, and others
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of DNA, databases, and forensics
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information

  • Provides everything needed to complete the simulation without requiring lab materials
  • Includes ethical discussion questions and possible answers

  • None