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LEGO® Activities There are two activities for students to take part in, using LEGO®s, that will demonstrate the process of sequencing DNA. The first activity is to build stacks of LEGO®s using special “topless” LEGO®s. In the second activity, students will “run a gel” with their stacks of LEGO®s, and decide the sequence of colors. Building Stacks: Materials: -3 buckets of red, blue, green, and yellow LEGO®s -1 bucket of red, blue, green, and yellow LEGO®s with half of the blocks inside without connectors (they can be sanded off, or taped over) -A sheet of paper or stack of LEGO®s with a sequence (see below for an example of a sequence) Procedure: Explain to students that the process they are about to begin happens in a solution, and is not visible to the scientists. Scientists use a process like this one to determine the sequence of DNA. 1. Divide students into four groups, and assign each group a different color.
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