MIT Edgerton Center tRNA Sets
  • tRNA Model
  • tRNA Booklet Cover

tRNA sets coming soon!

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Lesson Overview

Unlike most teaching aids, the MIT models are designed to teach what the molecules do, not just what molecules look like. These injection molded molecules are made to be manipulated. In this way educators can teach abstract concepts in concrete ways.

With all 3 kits (DNA/RNA, Protein, and tRNA), students will be able to complete protein synthesis, transcribing a gene into mRNA, translating the mRNA into a protein chain, and folding the protein chain into a functional shape. Diverse populations including English language learners, middle schoolers, and AP biology students all have found the learning experience interesting and memorable. Read more about our LEGO prototype DNA, Protein, and tRNA Sets.

Note: The tRNA Sets are currently not available. Please visit the DNA/RNA Sets page for information about sets available now. If you'd like to register your interest in the tRNA sets, please contact or fill out the interest form.  Note that the Safari browser may not display the form correctly. Please use Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer instead.

Informational Video

This video shows student and teacher workshops using our LEGO prototype sets: DNA/RNA, Protein, and tRNA.


Models and Lessons created by Kathleen M. Vandiver.  Graphics by Amanda Mayer.  ©MIT. All rights reserved.