Wear a Chimp on Your Wrist

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Learners construct a bracelet containing two strands of beads, which represents a double strand of DNA that codes for a gene. They match beads to the bases in a section of a chimp's DNA code. Learners can also replicate the DNA of other animals and plants including a monarch butterfly, sunflower, and even a human.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • beads (four different colors)
  • string (or dental floss or fishing line)
  • scissors
  • print outs of DNA Codes


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
    • Heredity and Genetics
      • Human Genetics
      • DNA Structure and Function

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


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