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Students work in groups to explore the issues surrounding genetic testing, deciding whether or not to open a ‘secret box’
Students receive a sealed secret box, that contains a chance card. Opening the box represents taking a genetic test.
Working in research groups to explore the issues surrounding genetic testing, students have to make an informed choice about whether or not to open their box at the end of the activity.
This engaging activity will:
Download the teachers' notes. These explain how to run the activity and suggest questions you can use with students of all abilities to get them thinking and talking about the implications of genetics testing.
Do you want to know a secret?
Download Teachers' notes [pdf]
Print off the template and make-up the boxes, enough for one per group.
Download the box template [pdf]
Use the background science to help you prepare for questions that students might ask about the science and technology underpinning genetic testing.
Download the background science [pdf]
This activity is relevant to the following areas of the QCA (2007) programmes of study for England and Wales, and equivalent curricula in Scotland and Northern Ireland:
KS4 Science: 4 a–b; 5 c, e
KS3/KS4 Citizenship: 1.1 a; 2.1 b–d; 2.2 a–c; 2.3 b–d; 4 a–e
KS3/KS4: Personal, Learning & Thinking Skills (PLTS)