DNA Code Bracelet
Curriculum Connection > Biology 12
Cell Compounds and Biological Molecules
- Analyse the structure and function of biological molecules in living systems, including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids
- Describe DNA replication
Curriculum Connection Science 9
- Explain the process of cell division
What is this activity about?
In this hands-on activity, students will apply the DNA code to make a bracelet representing their names. They will also have a chance to review the structure of DNA and the gene to protein process.
How to use the activity in the classroom
- This activity could be used after cells and DNA have been discussed. Students need background knowledge on the structure of DNA, the gene to protein process, and the codon table.
- Similarly, this activity could be used to introduce the topic of codons and the link to the gene to protein process.
- Student worksheet
After the activity, you can have students input their name into a decoder to determine if their decoding was successful. Similarly, you can use this tool to check the accuracy of the students’ work. Go to http://www.ebi.ac.uk/training/schools/decode/ to try the decoder. Note: this decoder will only provide an approximation for students’ names.
For additional background info on the DNA code, visit the Sanger Institute’s website. Go to http://www.yourgenome.org/dgg/general/code/code_1.shtml to get more information that you can use in the classroom.