Translation is the process of converting an mRNA sequence into a string of amino acids, ultimately comprising a protein. To do this, ribosomes move along the mRNA and read the code in groups of three. The groups of three are called codons and the each code for an amino acid.
- Students can use their MESSAGE BOARD from the Transcription Activity or you can prepare a color-coded sequence specific for this exercise if needed
- Pipe cleaners, any color(s)
- Pony beads, in 8+ colors (our print materials use white, green, blue, black, purple, red, orange, and yellow)
Color Printed Items
- RNA –> protein decoder (see downloadables)