Flight450 minilab in classroom  - Destination DNA

A learning and evaluation situation for Secondary 3 to 5 students.

Are you a science and technology teacher, a lab technician or an education consultant? Are you looking for an activity on genetics that will engage your students?

The Flight450 minilab for the classroom - Destination DNA, developed by the Commission scolaire de Laval, in partnership with Génome Québec, the McGill University and Génome Québec Innovation Centre and the Commission scolaire de la Seigneurie-des-Mille-Îles, provides students with the opportunity to use scientific investigation while handling real DNA.

Scientific investigation comes to life in a minilab that will take your students on a stimulating journey. Using a polymerase chain reaction (PCR), they will replicate real fragments of human DNA and then analyze the PCR results by having the DNA migrate in agarose gel electrophoresis.

The kit includes all the supplies required to process DNA. It is delivered, free of charge, to your school (see conditions) and comes with all the equipment you need to carry out the activity (thermocycler, transilluminator, centrifuge, test tubes, pipettes, etc.).

Detailed and user-friendly teaching materials (teacher’s guide, student handbook, videos, PowerPoint presentation) are made available to support you throughout the experience. By the end of this process, you and your students will have uncovered the secrets of analyzing DNA results!

Reserve your kit today and take your students on a science adventure they won’t soon forget!

During this activity, your students will be able to:

  • Replicate real fragments of human DNA
  • Use a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
  • Make DNA migrate in agarose gel electrophoresis
  • Analyze the results

 

Testimonials

“I loved this experiment. The electrophoresis is a very interesting technique that was fun to do.”

 — ANNICK ROCHELEAU, Lab technician, ÉCOLE SECONDAIRE ARMAND-CORBEIL (TERREBONNE)

 

“Great experience that gave students the chance to apply their theoretical knowledge and bridge the gap with careers in science.” 

 — YERO BA, Math and SVT teacher, COLLÈGE STANILAS (QUÉBEC)

 

“The material was so well organized and the quality of the documents was great: it had everything! The activity was interesting and original. Students really liked it. Thank you very much!”

 —  KARINE LESSARD, teacher, POLYVALENTE CHANOINE-ARMAND-RACICOT
(SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU)