Welcome to MAPS Teams

MAPS stands for Modeling a Protein Story. In this active learning modeling program, small groups of students led by a teacher facilitator use hands-on modeling activities and online digital resources to discover basic protein folding concepts and then use them to develop an understanding of important structure-function relationships of a particular protein important in biology.

Once the team has worked through these activities and are ready to dig deeper, they can then choose a “protein story” related to the protein theme that they want to learn more about. They will read research papers, use protein structure data to “design” a model of the protein that will help them tell their structure-function story using 3D visualization software, and ultimately print a physical model of their design. Teams can use their physical model in capstone presentations of their work.

If the facilitating teacher has ever taken a course from the CBM, they likely have many of the models and materials that will be used in these modules. If not, schools can borrow the resources from the MSOE CBM Model Lending Library or purchase them at a discount from our sister company, 3D Molecular Designs. All the instructions for how this works are available in the modules.

Interested in learning more about MAPS? Choose your MAPS Protein Theme next by selecting the button below!

Choose my MAPS Protein Theme!

If you have any questions about the MAPS program, email Diane Munzenmaier (munzenmaier@msoe.edu).

SMART Teams are funded by NCRR, HHMI and the CTSI of Southeastern Wisconsin

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