SMART and MAPS Teams

What do you get when you combine enthusiastic high school teachers and their students, researchers in the molecular biosciences, and 3D printing technology? SMART ( Students Modeling A Research Topic) and MAPS (Modeling A Protein Story) Teams!

In these multi-faceted programs, students explore the invisible molecular world as they experience science as a process of discovery rather than a collection of facts. Students work as teams to understand a molecular story and to design and build a physical model of a protein that is the focus of a research project.

SMART Teams work because they meet the needs of all the stake-holders in the program. To check out what people are sayinga bout these programs, visit our In Their Own Words web site.

Learn More about the Local Milwaukee area SMART Team Program Learn More about the National SMART Team Program Learn More about the MAPS Team Program

There are Three Phases to the SMART Team Program

Qualification Phase

In the Qualification Phase, all teams explore a common cutting-edge research topic determined by the CBM to demonstrate their competency in telling a molecular story. SMART Teams across the country work with their teachers to review basic protein structure and learn to use JMol, a molecular visualization program.

Research and Design Phase

In the Research and Design Phase, teams are paired with a research Mentor, visit their respective Mentor's laboratory to learn more about the process of science, and design and build a model of the protein.

Presentation Phase

In the Presentation Phase, Teams work with their Mentor to develop a poster and an oral presentation that explain their "molecular story" - why their protein is important and how the structure relates to the function of the protein.

SMART Teams Across the USA!

SMART Teams Map

SMART Team Publications

Images of Anthrax: A Team Approach
By Jon Knopp, Chem Matters, December 2002, pages 4-6

Put Your Lab in a Different Class
By Sally Goodman, Nature 420, 12-14 (2002)

Models of Excitement: Teachers use rapid prototyping to build protein structures
By Toni Shears, HHMI Bulletin June 2002, pages 46-47

Tactile Teaching: Exploring protein structure/function using physical models
By Tim Herman, Jennifer Morris, Shannon Colton, Ann Batiza, Mike Patrick, Margaret Franzen and David Goodsell Biochem. Mol. Biol. Educ. 34, 247-254 (2006)

Rethinking Outreach: Teaching the process of science through modeling
By Tim Herman, Shannon Colton and Margaret Franzen, PLOS Biol 6(4):e86 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0060086

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

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