Shape of Life: from helix to chromosome (Biology) Ages 12+

Lego DNAClass: Shape of Life: from helix to chromosome – (Biology) Age 12+

Description: This activity is appropriate for children ages 12 and up. Some previous study of cells, chromosomes and genes is preferable. This hands-on outreach class at the MIT Edgerton Center. We need a Minimum of 12 students and a maximum of 24 for this class.

“Shape of Life” begins with an exploration of the structural components of chromosomes, including a discussion of genes and traits. The LEGO® fish is introduced as a model to demonstrate how genes can be expressed in a “living” creature.

Our fish has only three chromosome pairs, rather than a human’s 23 pairs, to facilitate an easier understanding of the relationship between gene and trait. Students learn how DNA’s sequence gets replicated through mitosis in somatic cells. Chromosomes, cell membranes and spindle fibers are modelled by LEGO® bricks as the students move through the stages of interphase, prophase, metaphase, anaphase and telophase.

In the second half of this activity,students use LEGO® DNA kits, identifying the LEGO® bricks that represent molecules of sugar, phosphate, or nucleotide bases. Using these pieces, the students construct their own model of the DNA ladder, with careful attention to base pairing. A brief overview of DNA replication follows, using the LEGO® DNA as a simulation aid. Students then are given individual exploration time to answer questions and investigate variations of their DNA model.

Date: Thursday, September 15, 2016

Time: 10:00 – 1:00

Location: MIT Edgerton Center – 77 Mass Ave. Cambridge, Room 4-402

Price: $5.00 includes registration fee

Sign Up: Click the ‘sign up now’  button below to reserve your spot in this class.

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This is to reserve one seat in the following class: Shape of Life: from helix to chromosome on Thursday September 15 2016 from 10:00am - 1:00pm
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Materials Needed: none

Ages: This activity is appropriate for students aged 12 and older.

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