Science Education

Formerly known as European Learning Laboratory for the Life Sciences

Our inspiring educational experiences share the scientific discoveries of EMBL with young learners aged 10-19 years and teachers in Europe and beyond. We belong to EMBL’s Science Education and Public Engagement office.

Building blocks

The DNA coding game

Resource overview

In the DNA, information is encoded by specific combinations of 4 different nucleotides, which are the “building blocks” of the DNA. This “code of life” is made up of different “triplets” or “codons”, defined combinations of 3 nucleotides that stand for a piece of information. 

In this game, the DNA “building blocks” are represented by toy bricks (e.g. LEGO® bricks) of 4 different colours, which can be used to encode a word or message. Just like in the DNA, 3 colours are always combined to encode a specific letter, a number or a symbol.

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Hand playing with Lego bricks.

Topic area:  Genome biology

Type of resource: Guide

Age group:  < 10, 10-12

Contact: SEPE