Protein Bracelet Challenge
Hosted by: UT Austin Biomedical Outreach and Leadership Team
Visit our Booth: Sunday, February 28, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Recommended Grades: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd
The Challenge: Demonstrate your understanding of the human body + medicine by making an artistic model of a protein.
Take a video of you modeling your protein bracelet and telling us about it on Flipgrid.
- To make a bracelet: colorful bracelet beads, string
- To make a snack: froot loops, pipe cleaner or straw or string
- To make a paper chain: colored paper or plain paper that you color, tape, scissors
Your challenge is to create a bracelet to represent one of these proteins by looking at the chart below. Repeat the pattern until your bracelet is at your ideal length. Feel free to swap out colors for your favorites, but remember to keep the color pattern/order consistent!
|Function||Protein||Amino Acid Order||Colors|
How does this activity connect to STEM and today's Girl Day theme of Improving Lives: Mind, Body, Medicine?
Biomedical Engineers have to figure out how to fix problems in the body. On a microscopic scale, we can see that medicines work with proteins to help heal the body. Proteins aren’t just found in foods we eat, but they are found to have different functions and coded by amino acids. That is how we have medicines to cure stomach aches, treat diabetes, and fight viruses. Some proteins found in our body are:
- proteins that help us digest our food - enzymes
- proteins that give our hair and nails strength - keratin
- proteins that fight disease - antibodies
- proteins that transport oxygen around our body - hemoglobin
- proteins that regulate when we feel hungry or tired - hormones
- proteins that help our muscles move - actin
Biomedical Engineers work in teams to understand problems in the body, and look at the science to engineer new medicines. Technology helps us look at proteins and medicines by reading the protein code, just like how you made your bracelet!
BOLT is a service organization whose purpose is to create a platform for Biomedical Engineering students to affect a positive change in the K-12 community by developing and implementing programs that promote higher education and stimulate interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in young students. Our volunteering program includes: bi-weekly after-school science clubs at local Austin schools, informational sessions about engineering for local high school students, and activity booths at annual UT events and fairs.
Due to COVID-19 and social distancing practices, we've been creating educational videos of science demostrations with our members. We also partnered with the Zoldan Lab at UT Austin to provide science cell model kits and a video demo to Dell Children's Hospital.
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