Seventh graders at Middle School 223 in New York got to play around with DNA. As part of a school project, eleven students were chosen to submit DNA samples. When the results came back the entire class was involved in the analysis.
The students used the results in a historical context. They were asked to come up with reasons why certain genetic markers appeared in their test results. Then they concluded what historical reasons or events might have affected their DNA. For instance, on student of Puerto Rican descent found that her DNA was 12% Asian. The students camp up with reasons why her DNA might show this marker.
The tests were donated by DNAPrint. This si the same company that analyzed DNA results for the PBS show “African American Lives”.