High school teachers' resources

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Physical model designed by a SMART Team.
Physical model designed by a SMART Team.

Below are listed resources for high school (secondary school) teachers that concern 3D macromolecular structure, both within Proteopedia and outside it. High school teachers typically teach students of ages about 14-18. Some of the resources listed here are also appropriate for younger students (K-12), or older students including adults.

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Macromolecules for High School Curricula

These molecules fit nicely into most secondary school biology curricula.

Molecule At BioMolecular Explorer 3D At Molecule of the Month At Proteopedia See Also
Antibody Antibody: Immune System Antibodies
Collagen Collagen: Connective Tissue Collagen
DNA DNA: Genetic Inheritance DNA DNA
Hemoglobin Hemoglobin: Respiration Hemoglobin Hemoglobin
HIV Protease HIV Protease: Infectious Diseases - AIDS Virus HIV-1 Protease HIV-1 Protease
Lactase Lactase: Digestion (cf. Pepsin,


Lipid Bilayers Lipid Bilayers and Channels: Cell Structure Gramicidin Channel in Lipid Bilayer Image:New_yellow1.gif
Myosin Myosin: A Molecular Motor Myosin
Nucleosomes Nucleosomes: Chromosome Structure Nucleosome Nucleosome

Within Proteopedia

A SMART Team in action.
A SMART Team in action.
Protein folding simulations in Molecular Workbench. Click image for details.About this image
Protein folding simulations in Molecular Workbench. Click image for details.

Outside Proteopedia

Earring representing the DNA double helix. Instructions available from Genetic Jewels.
Earring representing the DNA double helix. Instructions available from Genetic Jewels.
Carbon buckyball made with balloons. More at BalloonMolecules.com.
Carbon buckyball made with balloons. More at BalloonMolecules.com.
  • K-12 Resources at molvisindex.org, the World Index of Molecular Visualization Resources. Includes how to make DNA earrings, and balloon molecules.
  • Alphabet Traits Fingerprinting is a simple, quick project that makes an analogy to DNA fingerprinting using traits of each student. Suitable for students age 12 and older.
  • Molecule of the Month. Illustrated introductory articles on over one hundred macromolecules. Interactive 3D visualization is available in the most recent articles.
  • MolviZ.Org includes the Top Five Molecular Visualization Resources, an illustrated Atlas of Macromolecules, a tutorial on collagen, a tool for exploring any macromolecule (FirstGlance in Jmol), tools for visualizing evolutionarily conserved patches on the surfaces of protein molecules, Toobers, physical molecular models, and more.
  • Foldit is a free computer game that allows users to fold proteins as if they were puzzles. At the same time users are having fun solving puzzles with an interesting interface, they are learning the concepts of protein structure and folding. Additionally, real science benefits as the project is meant to yield benefits to structure prediction and structure design. Furthermore, there is real science under the hood as this interactive game is based on Rosetta algorithms and software that is part of a real cutting-edge molecular modeling software package that scientist use to understand protein structures protein design and perform protein docking important to drug design. The game is a result of a collaboration between University of Washington Departments of Computer Science & Engineering and Biochemistry. Check out an article on it in Nature and this coverage of the project.
  • Folding@home is a distributed computing project running on user's computers when they aren't using them in order give more computing power to very complex experiments in protein folding. Folding@home is run the Pande Group at Stanford University's - Chemistry Department.
  • Rosetta@home is a program that crunches numbers when a user's computer is not otherwise being used as a screen saver-of-sorts. This projects lets users participate in endeavors related to solving problems of protein structure prediction and disease . The graphics shown as it runs help users understand how it works and communication from the team keep users involved. Check out this coverage of the project by MSNBC.

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