A series of hands-on exercises designed to illustrate the basic concepts of DNA
structure. Since the main component of these exercises is cutting out shapes
and taping them together, they are simple enough for kindergartners to learn
some simple concepts. However, they can be presented with enough details to
Some of these experiments are simple enough for young children to participate.
Others require the manual dexterity of older children. The most sophisticated
have been performed and understood by fourth grade students.
This section provides details of the experimental protocols used to generate data
for the Roots Project. They serve as reference material for teachers whose
classes are participating in the experimental portion of the Roots Project.