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Amino Acid Starter Kit

Amino Acid Starter Kit Model Classroom Set

Teaching Points

Students explore the shape and chemical properties of the 20 amino acid sidechains with engaging plastic models. The sidechains feature dual coloring schemes – color on the plastic clip indicates chemical properties, while the individual atoms of the sidechains are colored by atom type. Since understanding protein structure begins with this unique combination of shape and chemical properties of the amino acid sidechains, students will gain a basic knowledge of the laws that determine protein folding.

Protein folding is influenced by several factors, one of which is the chemical properties of the amino acid sidechains. Through this exercise, students will explore the chemical properties that dictate the way a protein will fold. A flexible, foam-covered wire represents the backbone of the peptide to which the plastic sidechains are attached.

Models in this Collection

  • 12 Amino Acid Starter Kits
    • 1 Chemical Properties Circle with rubber bumpers for each amino acid
    • 22 plastic amino acid sidechains (1 of each amino acid, plus 1 additional cysteine and 1 additional histidine)
    • 1 four-foot Mini-Toober
    • 2 Mini-Toober Endcaps (1 red and 1 blue)
    • 6 Hydrogen Bond Connectors
    • Amino Acid Sidechain List

 

Requesting this Model

Loan Time Frame: 3 weeks

Delivery

  • Use the calendar below to select a three week loan. Available times are shown in green. Select a date one week prior to the date you want the model to arrive. After selecting your time period, select checkout and complete the booking details.
  • This loan includes both delivery and return shipping time. Please make sure to plan time (approximately one week) for us to deliver the model to you. You can expect the model to arrive approximately one week following the first day of the requested loan period.

Pick-Up

  • Use the calendar below to select a three week loan. Available times are shown in green. Select the date you want to pick-up the model. After selecting your time period, select checkout and complete the booking details.

Wait List

If a model is not available for your desired time frame, please send an email to cbmloans@msoe.edu. Please list the model you would like to borrow and the time frame that would work for the loan. We will place you on a wait list and contact you if we are able to schedule you for a loan.

Requesting Other Models

You may schedule one copy of a model for three weeks. Due to limited resources, we are unable to send multiple copies or additional materials.

If you would like to request a loan of a different model for the same time frame you may add this to your cart. Up to three different types of models may be checked out at one time. You will need to fill out a separate request for model loans with a different time frame.

Questions?

Please contact us at cbmloans@msoe.edu with any questions about the lending process or the availability of models.

Contact Margaret Franzen at franzen@msoe.edu or (414) 277-2824 with questions about the models, teaching resources or educational content.

 

 

Model Documentation and Instructions

Teaching Points and Inventory
Amino Acid Starter Kit Introduction
Amino Acid Side Chain Chart
Amino Acid Starter Kit Standard Genetic Code
Amino Acid Starter Kit Student Handout 1 and Key
Amino Acid Starter Kit Student Handout 2 and Key
Amino Acid Starter Kit Student Handout 3 and Key
Amino Acid Starter Kit Teacher Notes
Additional Activities

Instructional materials for classroom use are available for printing through the 3D Molecular Designs Website.

Returning Models

Models must be returned on or before the due date.

Borrowers are responsible for return shipping costs. We recommend using FedEx or UPS with "two-day ground" transportation. Please make sure to get a tracking number for the shipment.

Please take care when returning models. Any damage incurred in return shipping due to improper packing will be charged to the borrower.

Ship models to:
Receiving
Milwaukee School of Engineering
1000 N. Market Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3113
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