GENIE One in a Million?

This activity is a fun, interactive session where students look at a small number of their own physical traits, for example,  whether they are male or female, whether they can roll their tongue or not and several others.

Tutor explaining One in a Million to group of students

Students put this “scientific data” into an excel spreadsheet (supplied in the supporting documentation) and this then calculates how rare/special they are within a given population.

This unique number is then written on a sticker and given to the student to wear.

We find that many students ask about their siblings and whether they would be the same – which can provide an excellent basis for teaching about genes and recombination and inheritance.

This session has been run for very young children right up to adults, and all seem to really enjoy it and ask lots of good questions about genes and other inherited traits. However, it also fits in with Key Stages 3 and 4 of the curriculum.

What this activity will demonstrate is:

  • That people vary in their physical traits.
  • That their physical traits can be inherited.
  • That not all traits that are inherited can be seen physically.

Activity Information
Author(s): GENIE
Subject: Human Genetics
Level: Ages 11-14 and 14-16
Language: English
Publish Date: 1st March 2012

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    This document shows the producer and materials required for the activity.
2 Million Spread Sheet
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  This excel spreadsheet is used to work out the trait combination during the activity.
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    Labels for the activity.
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  This poster depicts some of the unique genes shown in this activity.
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Ladies taking part in One in a Million

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