Categories: DNA Rockstar, Lessons and Activities
Science: genetics, biology, life sciences
Students will learn the base pairs of DNA, the processes of replication, translation, and synthesis. Students will also learn the relationship of nucleotides to DNA codes.
Middle, High School
Computer with updated browser running flash
Included key mapper (if using guitar controller)
wired USB guitar controller (optional, but recommended)
Approximate amount of time needed to conduct lesson:
Students play a browser-based flash game similar to popular games like Guitar Hero and Rockband. Students “play” a DNA strand as an animated illustration of replication, translation, or synthesis occurs. Students are given a static image with the name of the molecule and a short description of what it does in the process.
Uses a familiar technology to teach a new concept
Key mapper is difficult to install on locked-down school computers
Note: DNA Rockstar! is not recommended for students’ first exposure to genetics.