Biology students in Mrs. Folks’ class at STEM demonstrated their understanding of DNA codes of proteins by making models of DNA, mRNA, tRNA, and a protein that complemented each other. Students brainstormed and used materials of their choosing to construct molecules of DNA, mRNA, and tRNA to illustrate the process of protein synthesis. Some students used foods and candy, while several students went the extra mile and found a way to model the double helix structure of DNA. The students loved using their creative energy and working together to construct the models.
Students certainly earned a new appreciation for their cells as they were overheard saying, "I'm so glad our cells do this for us, and we don't have to think about this every time we want to make a protein!"