Teaching Tips / Activity Overview:
- Begin with an introduction to DNA basics. There is a powerpoint presentation created by Dr. Ellie Rice of Franklin and Marshall College attached to this lesson description that could be used. This may be review for some students, depending on their experience in science classes, but I want to make sure that all students have this basic information.
- Have students practice converting some DNA sequences to protein sequences by hand. This will force them to think about how to do this without going right to the computer. Depending on the length of the class period, this could be assigned as homework.
- Give students the programming assignment.