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2021 Webinar Series

Just $20 per 90 minute session or $120 for the 12 webinar series!

Registration includes:
- Student Modeling Pack so you can model with presenters*
- Professional development
- Free activities and digital modeling resources
- Access to webinar recordings

*Receive the Student Modeling Pack Collection if you register for the full series! 

 

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DNA Structure & Function

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at 6:00 PM Central

Inspiring Student Questions with a TWIST in DNA Modeling 

Karen Avery, Pennsylvania College of Technology & Dan Williams, Shelter Island High School

Inspire curiosity, questions, and discussion with 3DMD’s hands-on DNA modeling kits. Students will discover the dynamics of DNA – twisting, untwisting, separating for replication and transcription and coming back together. Upon examining the intricacies of DNA anatomy, they can analyze the cross-cutting relationship of structure and function.

Why Did U Change to T in DNA?

Tim Herman, PhD, Director, Center for BioMolecular Modeling

All students learn that RNA has uracil, and DNA has thymine.  But why is this so?  Discuss the science behind this seldom addressed question and suggest ways to encourage students to think deeply and ask probing questions. 

Receive a Double Helix Student Modeling Pack with your registration. 

 

 

Biotechnology & Coronavirus 

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 6:00 PM Central

The One Kit Wonder: Using Modeling to Teach Biotechnology Concepts

Diane Sigalas, M.Ed., Livingston High School

Your students will go from the blank-stare-wall state-of-mind to understanding the science of PCR, Sanger Sequencing and restriction enzymes when actively modeling these processes with the Biotechnology Kit©. Then launch into applications in diagnostics, genetics and forensics. Enrich in-class or distance learning with NGSS, AP or IB consistent lessons.

From Biotechnology to a Coronavirus Vaccine

Tim Herman, PhD, Director, Center for BioMolecular Modeling

Learn about the amazing advances in biotechnology over the past 50 years – and how they have prepared researchers to create coronavirus vaccines. Within one year, researchers used biotechnology tools to sequence a new viral genome, solve the 3D structure of one of its key proteins, and developed a vaccine that will produce antibodies to inactivate that protein. Isn’t science amazing? 

Receive a Nucleotide Student Modeling Pack with your registration. 

 

 


Coronavirus Antibodies & Emerging Vaccines

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 6:00 PM Central

Boost Your Students’ Immune System Expertise By Modeling Antibodies

Tim Herman, PhD, Director, Center for BioMolecular Modeling

Engage your students in using data, exploring cross-cutting concepts and emerging technology to Model a Protein Story (MAPS). Students first focus on how coronavirus vaccines trigger antibody production, before exploring an emerging technology in which engineered prophylactic nanobodies could be delivered via a nebulizer to inactivate the coronavirus spike protein.

MAPS Project – How to Prepare your Team to Model A Protein Story

Diane Munzenmaier, PhD, Program Director, Center for Bio Molecular Modeling

Learn about the CBM’s MAPS program and how to involve your students in a protein modeling project.   

Receive an Antibody Student Modeling Pack with your registration.

 

 

Physical & Chemical Properties of Water

Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 6:00 PM Central

Wet Your Appetite for Learning with the Water Kit©!

Jim Lane, Mahtomedi High School

Whether breaking bonds, dissolving NaCl or exploring states of matter your students will be captivated by the magnetic Water Kit©.  The versatile kit will engage students in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, earth science or physical science and its usefulness spans, from middle and high school to college.

Aquaporin Channels

Tim Herman, PhD, Director, Center for BioMolecular Modeling

Explore the structure of aquaporin channels and how they allow water to pass through membranes.  Hear how the exploding frog egg experiment led Peter Agre’s lab to realize that the mystery protein was indeed a water channel.  A few years later, this work resulted in a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Dr. Agre.   

Receive a Water Student Modeling Pack with your registration. 

 

 

Transcription, Translation & Sickle Cell Anemia

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 6:00 PM Central

A Tale of Two Sisters, Modeling Transcription & Protein Synthesis 

Fran Grant, Grafton High School & Mark Arnholt, Hartford Union High School

Model protein synthesis with us and later with your students - whether they are virtual or face-to-face - with the Flow of Genetic Information Kit© and/or Nucleotide Student Modeling Pack©.  Learn about a cutting-edge treatment for sickle cell disease and how it helped the endearing Obando sisters. 

Editing the Sickle Cell Gene

Tim Herman, PhD, Director, Center for BioMolecular Modeling

Explore the structure of hemoglobin and the effects of the sickle cell mutation before discussing the use of CRISPR-based gene editing technology to treat sickle cell anemia.

Receive a Nucleotide Student Modeling Pack with your registration. 

 

 

Neurotransmitters, Synapses & Acetylcholinesterase

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 6:00 PM Central

Modeling How Cells Talk – Making Sense of Synapses and Signals 

Karen Avery, Pennsylvania College of Technology & Dan Williams, Shelter Island High School

Spark questions with the Synapse Construction Kit© and provide hands-on activities to achieve Concept Explanation and Visual Representation goals in a topic that students find intrinsically interesting.  How does the neurotransmitter not only get back in the presynaptic cell, but back in the vesicle?  What energy is involved in the transport of these molecules?  Do some neurotransmitters remain in synapse all the time? Why don’t they stimulate further action potentials? 

Acetylcholinesterase: A Story of an Enzyme Active Site and Its Evolution

Tim Herman, PhD, Director, Center for BioMolecular Modeling

Explore the structure of the acetylcholinesterase active site, its enzymes, inhibitors and how the natural genetic variation in mosquito populations resulted in the evolution of this protein.

Receive a Membrane Student Modeling Pack with your registration. 

 

 

Proteins & the Protein Folding Problem

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 6:00 PM Central

Proteins - Now that Everything has Changed

Tim Herman, PhD, Director, Center for BioMolecular Modeling

Using engaging and powerful kits model how proteins are simply long linear sequences of amino acids, that spontaneously fold into complex 3D shapes, following basic principles of chemistry. Then explore how a stylized enzyme model will help students understand basic concepts while an accurate model leads to increasing levels of complexity. 

AlphaFold:  The Solution to the Protein Folding Problem?

Tim Herman, PhD, Director, Center for BioMolecular Modeling

Learn how everything has changed in drug design with the November of 2020 unveiling of AlphaFold2 by Google DeepMind.   Alphafold2 is a computational algorithm that accurately predicts the 3D structure of a protein, based on its amino acid sequence. 

Receive a Protein Student Modeling Pack with your registration. 

 

 

Chromosomes & DNA 

Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 6:00 PM Central

Making Connections Between DNA and Chromosomes! 

Chris Chou, Longmont High School

Explore and compare mitosis and meiosis in this hands-on interactive workshop. You will see how the Chromosome Connections Kit© & Chromosome Student Modeling Pack© will take your students from the cellular scale to the molecular scale connecting DNA nucleotides to chromosomes, whether modeling mitosis or Punnett Squares.

Ensuring Genome Stability (While Maintaining an Escape Hatch)

Tim Herman, PhD, Director, Center for BioMolecular Modeling

Learn about epigenetics and how it regulates gene expression.  In addition, we will discuss how redundant DNA repair systems add to the accuracy of DNA replication to ensure that we persist as humans while retaining the ability to evolve. 

Receive a Chromosome Student Modeling Pack with your registration. 

 

 

Genome Editing I 

Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 6:00 PM Central

CRISPR - As an Adaptive Immune System in Bacteria

Tim Herman, PhD, Director, Center for BioMolecular Modeling

Explore CRIPSR as an adaptive immunity system in bacteria using the new Adaptive Immunity Kit©. A classic 2012 paper proves how this system works and will give your students practice in interpreting scientific data. Model how restriction enzymes connect to a CRISPR endonuclease for editing the human genome. 

CRISPR: It’s All about Yogurt

Tim Herman, PhD, Director, Center for BioMolecular Modeling

Discuss the classic paper from 2012 that definitively proved how the adaptive immunity system works and use this paper with your students to practice interpreting scientific data with a connection to current biological research.    

Receive a Nucleotide Student Modeling Pack with your registration. 

 

 

Genome Editing II

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 6:00 PM Central

CRISPR Cas9 - A Powerful New Tool for Editing the Human Genome

Tim Herman, PhD, Director, Center for BioMolecular Modeling

Use the new CRISPR Kit© to explore the Cas9 endonuclease’s unique ability to recognize a statistically unique site in the 3.2 billion base-pair human genome, before moving to an accurate 3D-printed Cas9 model to explore enhancements of the system that become an even more powerful genome editing tool.

CRISPR Innovations: Clever and Cleverer

Tim Herman, PhD, Director, Center for BioMolecular Modeling

Learn about the additional modifications to the CRISPR Cas9 protein that makes it an even more precise gene editing tool.

Receive Nucleotide Student Modeling Pack with your registration. 

 

 

Celebrate World Water Day!

Monday, March 22, 2021 at 6:00 PM Central

Engage with Water Molecules!

Alice Scheele, Patrick Henry High School

Engage your students’ senses – touch, sight and hearing with the magnetic Water Kit© and see the amazing ways your students can model the physical and chemical properties of water from hydrogen bonding and surface tension to transpiration and dissolving ionic bonds. Don’t forget the tetrahedral arrangement of water molecules!

Aquaporin Channels

Tim Herman, PhD, Director, Center for BioMolecular Modeling

Explore the structure of aquaporin channels and how they allow water to pass through membranes. Hear how the exploding frog egg experiment led Peter Agre’s lab to realize that the mystery protein was indeed a water channel. A few years later, this work resulted in a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for Dr. Agre.   

Receive a Water Student Modeling Pack with your registration. 

 

 

Membranes & Ion Transport

Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 6:00 PM Central

Exploring the Wonderful World of Cell Membranes: Proteins, Lipids and Ions, Oh My!

Chris Chou, Longmont High School

In this hands-on interactive workshop, participants will learn how to utilize physical phospholipid and transport protein models to explore the structure of the cell membrane, the role of transport proteins in moving ions and small molecules across membranes, and how defects in transport proteins can cause diseases such as cystic fibrosis.

Potassium Channels & Scorpion Toxins

Tim Herman, PhD, Director, Center for BioMolecular Modeling

Discover how the structure of different membrane-embedded protein channels allow for selective transport of specific ions and molecules.  Then learn how scorpion-toxin acts as a neurotoxin to inhibit the potassium channel.   

Receive a Membrane Student Modeling Pack with your registration.