Further resources and activities about genetics and genomics

As well as our ‘Big Picture’ content, the Wellcome Trust has funded many other organisations that produce the following activities and resources to engage and educate young people about genetics and genomics

The Mobile Family Science Laboratory

Find exciting ideas for creative hands-on biomedical science experiments and activities, from cloning to DNA templates to karyotyping and sequencing. 
Great for: 1114, 1416, 1619 

Genes Are Us

A huge range of resources for teachers to help young people learn more about genetic disorders, and how differences in our genes help to make everyone unique.
Great for: 5
7, 711, 1114, 1416, 1619

Living Links to Human Evolution

Gain an insight into the origins of the human mind and body by studying primate behaviour. Download resources to support investigations about genomes, communication and data analysis.
Great for: 11
14, 1416, 1619, projects

Genetics, Risk and Lifestyle: Can I Blame It On My Genes?

How do lifestyle choices affect our future health? This toolbox contains extensive resources on public health genetics  lesson plans, activities and presentations.
Great for: 16
19, projects

DNA to Darwin

Allows students aged 1619 to explore the molecular evidence for evolution through practical bioinformatics activities that use data analysis tools and molecular data. 
Great for: 1619, projects

Meet the Gene Machine

This is a fun, creative and comprehensive teaching package that supports discussion about the ethical and social issues of genetics through the medium of drama. Download the play script for yourself.
Great for: 14
16, 1619

Your Genome

This resource from the Sanger Institute provides videos with leading researchers, explanatory animations, downloadable classroom activities, and up-to-date information about genetics and genomics.
Great for: 11
14, 1416, 1619, projects

Cell! Cell! Cell! Genetics in a Planetarium

Look out for the planetarium-style show or download amazing activities that will support understanding of DNA from cells to synthesis.
Great for: 11
14, 1416, 1619

Inside DNA

A unique exhibition investigating developments in the fast-moving field of human genomics and the ethical issues that they raise. Download resources and lesson plans to discuss topical issues and consider the ethics of research.
Great for: 11
14, 1416, 1619

Modern Genetics for Schools

Videos, debates, discussions and resources explore modern genetics and genomics. Most resources are targeted at students post-16.
Great for: 14
16, 1619

Philosophy for Children

An outline of a possible approach to lesson planning, which engages students in discussion about the social and ethical aspects of scientific advances. Adapt the scheme to suit different age groups.
Great for: 11
14, 1416, 1619

Fabulous images

Search the Wellcome Trust image library for images of different populations. Great for discussions, stimulating debate, lesson starters, research and more! Explore the Science for schools lightboxes for images specifically related to DNA.

Further high-quality resources

You can find a wealth of additional resources in the National STEM Centre e-library. Search by keyword and filter the results by age group, subject, type of resource etc. Explore the library to find topic lists and resources pre-selected to match curriculum areas or age groups.

For teachers and support staff

The Science Learning Centres provide a range of excellent continuing professional development (CPD) courses to help develop your career as a teacher, leader or member of support staff. Generous bursaries from Project ENTHUSE cover most costs of many courses delivered at the National Science Learning Centre in York, making this CPD easily affordable for those in mainstream education in the UK.

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About this resource

This resource was first published in ‘Genes, Genomes and Health’ in January 2010.

Statistics and maths, Cell biology, Careers, Genetics and genomics, Health, infection and disease
Genes, Genomes and Health
Education levels:
, 5–7, 7–11, 11–14, 14–16, 16–19, Continuing professional development, Independent research projects, Undergraduate