What are S.M.A.R.T. Teams and how do I get a program running at my own school?

MSOE Center for BioMolecular Modeling
Link to CBM Website


"Understanding the relationship between a molecular structure and the function it carries out in a cell is the core of what might be called "the molecular logic of the living state". This understanding is often very difficult to achieve for many students because the molecular world is invisible to the unamplified senses. Physical models can play an important role in making this invisible world "real". These physical models are especially powerful when used in conjunction with computer visualization software and inquiry-based laboratory experiments." 


"SMART Teams (Students Modeling A Research Topic) are teams of high school students and their teachers who are working with research scientists to design and construct physical models of the proteins or other molecular structures that are being investigated in their laboratories. SMART Teams use state-of-the-art molecular design software and rapid prototyping technologies to produce these unique models."


-from the Center of BioMolecular Modeling Website.

This project was supported by Grant Number 1 R25 RR022749-01 from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).