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.

Currently we have developed resources for 3 proteins: the water channel aquaporin, the oxygen-carrying globins, myoglobin and hemoglobin, as well as the critical glucose managing hormone, insulin. Teams can choose from any of these three themes for their project.

Once the team has worked through these activities and are ready to dig deeper, they can then choose a related “protein story” 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.

So if you are ready to MAP out an exciting course to meaningful and engaged learning, all you have to do is choose your protein theme below to begin your modeling adventure!


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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