How is DNA decoded to make proteins? How do mutations in DNA impact organisms?
In this activity, students follow instructions to construct a LEGO contraption that draws patterns as it moves. Decoding 2D information and translating it into a 3D form helps students to model the biological process of protein synthesis.
Recording the patterns produced as each LEGO ‘protein’ skitters, bounces or rotates across the canvas gives students a tangible understanding of how DNA sequences – and mutations – generate such variety in the form, function and behaviour of proteins.
This activity is inspired by the Tinkering Studio.
- Questioning and predicting
- Processing and analyzing data information
- Mutation and its impact on evolution
- Effects of DNA mutations