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Product 13073

By: Diane Sweeney, Punahou School, Honolulu, HI

In the Who Cheated In the Race? Red Blood Cell Volume Forensic Laboratory Kit, become a real-world lab technician and analyze red blood cell volumes in simulated blood samples to determine if any cyclists were blood-doping.

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The bicycle race is over and the top three finishers have been accused of cheating by blood-doping, a means of artificially increasing the number of red blood cells in the body. Students become real-world lab technicians as they analyze red blood cell volumes in simulated blood samples. Students conduct a hematocrit of several simulated blood samples and compare their data with other groups’ test results. Critical-thinking and cooperative-learning skills are developed as together students analyze data and draw a conclusion—did any of the cyclists cheat? Includes complete instructions with reproducible student handouts, detailed background information, and valuable Teacher Notes. Complete for 15 groups of students. Activity is a chemical simulation and contains no actual blood or blood products.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Using mathematics and computational thinking
Analyzing and interpreting data

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
MS-LS1.D: Information Processing
HS-PS3.A: Definitions of Energy
HS-LS1.A: Structure and Function

Crosscutting Concepts

Cause and effect
Scale, proportion, and quantity
Structure and function
Stability and change
Energy and matter

Performance Expectations

MS-LS1-2. Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.
MS-LS1-8. Gather and synthesize information that sensory receptors respond to stimuli by sending messages to the brain for immediate behavior or storage as memories.
HS-LS1-3. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis.