AminoUNO game: an alternative tool for the teaching of protein synthesis in high school
Authors: Maria Isabel da Silva, Silviane Bezerra Pinheiro, Sthefany Ananda Bruna Almeida Mendes, Thiago Willian Moreira Campelo, Yago Vinícius Serra dos Santos, Maria Cláudia Gross e Doriane Picanço Rodrigues
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The application of educational games as practical and creative teaching methodology has shown great efficacy in transfer scientific knowledge in complex areas such as genetics that everyday becomes evident in the society through the popularization of its information. Aiming to contribute to this interaction between theory and practice in classroom, the educational AminoUNO game was developed to simulate the protein synthesis process as the translating of nucleotide into amino acids, and also the influence of the mutation on this process. In addition, the game aims to facilitate the understanding of the degeneration of the genetic code using only a deck made with glue, scissors, cardboard, and letters models printed on paper.