23andMe Construct DNA Molecule with LEGOs

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Students learn about basic concepts of DNA and the DNA molecule.

Describe the relationship between nucleotide base pairs, DNA molecules, genes and chromosomes.
Learn about the DNA molecule by building a Lego model. Identify its parts and functions.

Lego blocks and plates – see the activity sheet.
“What are Genes” 23andMe Genetics 101 Videos – go to the 23andMe Education site/ToolKit

Discuss basic concepts of DNA:
What is DNA?
Where is DNA found?
What is the relationship between DNA, genes, chromosomes and traits?
How would you describe the DNA structure?
What are four letters in a DNA module and what do they represent?
How do bases pair up?
Where do we get our DNA/genes?

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