The RNA Enigma

Folding a fitted sheet seems impossible, but folding RNA seems like a game. Viewers learn how they can help scientists prevent or cure diseases. It emphasizes the need for human help because computers struggle with these puzzles.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Learn more about the research and ideas that have come out of the Enigma citizen scientist lab
Classroom Considerations
  • Video best fits as an introduction to the unit
  • Relies on prior knowledge of DNA and basic knowledge of RNA
Pros
  • Provides closed captioning for the hearing impaired
  • Requires very little class time
  • Upbeat and engaging to help hold viewers' attention
Cons
  • None