Darwin to DNA gallery visit

SELF-DIRECTED

Years 9-12
Terms 1-4 Monday–Friday

Science

School programs and resources

Guide your students through our Darwin to DNA exhibition, with education resources provided by the museum, to investigate the roles of Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace in independently discovering the theory of evolution through natural selection.

Students consider a number of controversial issues: Who owns the genome? Should chimpanzees be classified as part of the genus Homo? Can DNA from fossils be used to clone long-extinct organisms? Are humans still evolving? Mechanisms of evolution, including genetic drift and divergent and convergent evolution, are also explored.

An education kit, Darwin to DNA, which includes background information, and pre- and post-visit activities, is available online.

Curriculum links

Science Level 9-10

Biological Science:

  • The transmission of heritable characteristics from one generation to the next involved DNA and genes
  • The theory of evolution by natural selection explains the diversity of living things and is supported by a range of scientific evidence

VCE Biology

Unit 2:

  • Area of study 2 - How is inheritance explained?

Unit 4:

  • Area of study 1 - How are species related?
  • Area of study 2 – How do humans impact on biological processes?