DNA Detectives: The Stone Age Mystery

3.15pm - 4.15pm: Online

Online Family Friendly Free Medicine, mind & health Afternoon

Discover how DNA can be used to find out about the past!

Join The Little Story Telling Company for an exciting adventure where we discover an ancient grave, beautiful cave paintings and try to solve the mystery of 'The Red Lady'. We will discover what it’s like to be an archaeologist, a forensic scientist and a scientist working with ancient DNA. We will find out about the Stone Age and how we can get DNA from old bones. 

Can you help us find out: What did this ancient person looked like? How did they die? And who is the thief who has been excavating the grave and stealing the artefacts? Plus, you can also take the extra challenge below!

Recommended for ages 7+

Watch live on YouTube and again for 7 days after the event

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Please note that as this is an 'At Home' programme, some contributors may be have filmed content on home devices, and as such the events will not be broadcast standard quality. If there are technical issues - please bear this in mind! Thank you.     

Take an extra DNA Detectives Challenge!

Can you use DNA to find out what an ancient skeleton looks like? Take this extra challenge from Mandy Hartley and see if you can uncover the Stone Age mystery. Watch the video, and download the PDF instructions and templates below.

The Little Story Telling Company - Dr Mandy Hartley

Dr Mandy Hartley has a PhD in Genetics and has had an amazing career working with DNA for over 15 years. She has used DNA to help conserve stocks of haddock and sandeels in the North Sea, to find out the genetic cause of diseases in patients with neonatal diabetes, haemophilia, breast cancer, cystic fibrosis and different kidney diseases. She also helped set up the forensic laboratories used by the Norfolk Constabulary, worked on criminal cases and helped trace long lost families using relationship testing.

She now runs workshops to teach primary and secondary school children about DNA. She also uses stories to teach difficult concepts such as natural selection and evolution to children. Her first book The DNA Detectives – To Catch a Thief won the ASE Book award and her third book The DNA Detectives – The Stone Age Mystery is due to be published this October, with two more in the DNA Detectives series in the pipeline! These are the first fiction books for 7–12-year olds where the characters in the book use DNA to solve a crime. The idea is that children enjoy the exciting story and at the same time are learning about DNA, cells and forensic science. Mandy’s aim is to inspire children with a love of literacy and science through her workshops and stories.

Organiser details: The Little Story Telling Company