The National Science Education Standards and education research literature emphasize that students need to be engaged in the process of science—asking questions, forming hypotheses, designing experiments, collecting data, analyzing results, and drawing conclusions. To support this shift in education, the DNALC has developed robust methods that enable students to develop their own research projects while using common approaches. These programs aim to increase the understanding and interest of students in science by as they design and carry out modern molecular research projects.
A DNA barcode is a unique pattern of DNA sequence that identifies each living thing. DNA barcodes can be used to identify and study species in many contexts, from biodiversity studies to forensic studies, making it an ideal common technique for multiple distinct student projects.
DNA Barcoding 101 includes experimental methods and resources for using DNA barcoding to identify plants or animals or products made from them. The site is also the home base for teachers and mentors participating in Barcode Long Island, Urban Barcode Project, and the Urban Barcode Research Program.