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DNA Discovery Kit

DNA Discovery Kit Model Classroom Set

Lending Library Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MSOE Model Lending Library has suspended operations. Before reopening, we need to identify safe ways of disinfecting library materials between uses. We hope to have decisions made by mid-July about which materials will be available for loan in the fall.


Teaching Points

Let your students discover the structure of DNA – just as Watson and Crick did. The DNA Discovery Kit© combines powerful magnets with accurate, 3-D nucleotides which make the kit self-instructive. As your students correctly join the nucleotides, they will "feel" hydrogen bonding. Teacher-developed and field-tested, the classroom kit contains 12 base pairs (six of each nucleotide). In addition to the base pairs, this collection also includes two Mini-Toobers, which allow for different properties of DNA to be displayed, such as unwinding the two strands to allow for transcription and replication machinery to gain access and the plectonemic nature of DNA.

Models in this Collection

  • 2 DNA Discovery Kits
    • 6 each of Adenosine, Thymine, Guanine and Cytosine nucleotides (made of injection molded plastic)
    • 1 Stand (base and rod with supports)
    • 2 Mini-Toobers
    • 4 Mini-Toober endcaps (two each of red and blue)
    • 1 black helix guide


Requesting this Model

Loan Time Frame: 3 weeks


  • 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.


  • 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.

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.


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

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



Model Documentation and Instructions

Teaching Points and Inventory
Introduction to the DNA Discovery Kit
The Discovery Approach and Teacher Notes
The Guided Discovery Approach and Teacher Notes
The Discovery of DNA with Student Handout
DNA Structure Student Handout

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:
Milwaukee School of Engineering
1000 N. Market Street
Milwaukee, WI 53202-3113
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