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Launch Generally suited for grades 8-12

Crack the Code

Ages 12+
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Crack the code of DNA and its use in the medical field through a series of hands-on experiments. Students will work their way through a medical mystery using the scientific method to learn how DNA affects our lives. Read More

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A mystery can be solved with the right tools. Become immersed in genetics and DNA to solve a mysterious disease. The Crack the Code kit is an unique experience for a young biologist or future medical professional. In this kit, students will discover the past, present, and future of DNA through hands-on experiments and activities, including extracting their own DNA. Additionally, students will understand the importance of DNA and how it is the building blocks of life. Crack the Code comes with a full-color Student Curriculum Workbook and Teacher Guide.

This kit contains activities and information that center around DNA, and applications in the health field. Students will discover how the intricacies, history, and necessity of DNA for life. As part of a special program from Home Science Tools, this Launch level kit will provide over 15 hours of knowledge, educating your student about DNA and its use in the medical field. It is suggested that your student has completed Penguin Parenting and Magnificent Magnification, or studied the concepts within them, prior to beginning Crack the Code.

In this kit, the student will partake in these fun activities:

  1. Discover a medical mystery
  2. Practice with Punnett squares and karyotypes
  3. Model the two types of cell replication
  4. Extract DNA from your own body
  5. Use DNA's own language to crack the code
  6. Apply scientific methods of studying DNA to a medical mystery
  7. Show what you know about DNA by applying it to three new diseases or disorders

Use "Crack the Code" to answer questions such as:

  • How do you get diseases?
  • What makes me… me?
  • What is DNA and what does it do?
  • What is the future of gene therapy?

Our Crack the Code kit is a part of the Science Unlocked Launch series and is recommended for grades 8-12.

Interested in learning more? Check out our Student Workbook Sample and Teacher Guide Sample 


More Information


This kit contains:

  • Bamboo skewer
  • 24 black beads
  • 12 blue beads
  • Dishwashing liquid detergent
  • 6 drawing papers
  • Fishing line
  • Glue stick
  • 12 green beads
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Keyring
  • Modeling dough, 6 pack
  • Plastic cup
  • 12 red beads
  • 6 salt packets
  • 22 white beads
  • 12 yellow beads

On hand, you will want to have:

  • Scissors
  • Water


Shipping Restriction: This item only ships Economy or UPS to a street address in the 50 US states.
Warning: HAZARDOUS CHEMICAL - This kit contains hazardous chemicals. Not for children under the age of 15. For use under adult supervision. Read warning labels carefully.
Warning: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Adult supervision required.
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