In this activity you take the role of a biomedical researcher studying the links between living organisms and disease.
Your task is to plan an expedition to collect specimens for DNA analysis. You will write an expedition plan to apply for funding for the expedition. Use your visit to the Cocoon experience in the Darwin Centre to help you.
Download the expedition plan template to start you thinking about the sort of information you will have to collect.
Download expedition proposal template PDF (128.0 KB)
Before your visit, find out why taxonomy is important for medical research.
During your visit you will gather information about fieldwork and malaria or leishmaniasis. You can save information to access later online using a NaturePlus card.
Back at school, you will review your NaturePlus content and do further research to complete your expedition plan. Finally, your class will play the role of funders and decide which plans would be awarded funding.
Review what you already know about the study of DNA.
Choose whether you will study malaria or leishmaniasis.
Find out what to expect during the Cocoon experience at the Darwin Centre.
Reflect on what you found out during the Cocoon experience and start planning your expedition.
Submit your expedition plan.
Book all school activities in advance on +44 (0)20 7942 5555. Lines are open Monday-Friday from 8.30-16.00 during term time and 10.00-13.00 in the holidays.