Mrs. Thorson's seventh grade science students collaborated to create a DNA model using toothpicks and gumdrops to strengthen their understanding that DNA is the genetic material for all living things. In the model, gumdrops represented the four nitrogenous bases. Students were given one side of the DNA ladder based on traits of individuals. Students had to know how to code for the alternate side--higher order thinking at its finest. When finished, students had to make their model twist into the double helix form of DNA. Students also attempted to decode another group's DNA. Students had a blast learning about the building blocks of life.