Getting a grip on crystallography: designing a versatile teaching aid for science and engineering students

H Duffy, C McCormac, A McCormac, E Garcia-Jalon, J Davis

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Abstract

    The use of origami as an accessible and transferable modelling system through which to convey the intricacies of molecular shape, chirality and geometric isomerism is presented. The models are shown to provide an accessible resource that provides a tangible structure whose manipulation can aid the visualisation of the key symmetryconcepts. In contrast to conventional ball and stick models – the paper-based systemcan be implemented at almost zero cost and can be simply and effectively integrated into the lecture and tutorial session. Moreover, it was found to provide a take-home trophy that served as an important aide-mémoire and focus for discussion. The systems can be harnessed to address fundamental principles and broader themes suchas receptor site recognition or enzyme lock and key substrate binding and have the potential to cut across both secondary and tertiary science and engineering curricula.The design of custom templates based on powerpoint and e-resources to aid the delivery and construction of the models is described.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages28-31
    JournalJournal of Science Education
    Volume13
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

    Fingerprint

    Crystallography
    Teaching
    Students
    Chirality
    Curricula
    Visualization
    Enzymes
    Substrates
    Costs

    Cite this

    @article{5396213cef224f25b321f42ce7d8829b,
    title = "Getting a grip on crystallography: designing a versatile teaching aid for science and engineering students",
    abstract = "The use of origami as an accessible and transferable modelling system through which to convey the intricacies of molecular shape, chirality and geometric isomerism is presented. The models are shown to provide an accessible resource that provides a tangible structure whose manipulation can aid the visualisation of the key symmetryconcepts. In contrast to conventional ball and stick models – the paper-based systemcan be implemented at almost zero cost and can be simply and effectively integrated into the lecture and tutorial session. Moreover, it was found to provide a take-home trophy that served as an important aide-m{\'e}moire and focus for discussion. The systems can be harnessed to address fundamental principles and broader themes suchas receptor site recognition or enzyme lock and key substrate binding and have the potential to cut across both secondary and tertiary science and engineering curricula.The design of custom templates based on powerpoint and e-resources to aid the delivery and construction of the models is described.",
    author = "H Duffy and C McCormac and A McCormac and E Garcia-Jalon and J Davis",
    year = "2012",
    month = "1",
    day = "1",
    language = "English",
    volume = "13",
    pages = "28--31",
    journal = "Journal of Science Education",
    issn = "0124-5481",
    publisher = "Foundation Journal of Science Education",

    }

    Getting a grip on crystallography: designing a versatile teaching aid for science and engineering students. / Duffy, H; McCormac, C; McCormac, A; Garcia-Jalon, E; Davis, J.

    In: Journal of Science Education, Vol. 13, 01.01.2012, p. 28-31.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    TY - JOUR

    T1 - Getting a grip on crystallography: designing a versatile teaching aid for science and engineering students

    AU - Duffy, H

    AU - McCormac, C

    AU - McCormac, A

    AU - Garcia-Jalon, E

    AU - Davis, J

    PY - 2012/1/1

    Y1 - 2012/1/1

    N2 - The use of origami as an accessible and transferable modelling system through which to convey the intricacies of molecular shape, chirality and geometric isomerism is presented. The models are shown to provide an accessible resource that provides a tangible structure whose manipulation can aid the visualisation of the key symmetryconcepts. In contrast to conventional ball and stick models – the paper-based systemcan be implemented at almost zero cost and can be simply and effectively integrated into the lecture and tutorial session. Moreover, it was found to provide a take-home trophy that served as an important aide-mémoire and focus for discussion. The systems can be harnessed to address fundamental principles and broader themes suchas receptor site recognition or enzyme lock and key substrate binding and have the potential to cut across both secondary and tertiary science and engineering curricula.The design of custom templates based on powerpoint and e-resources to aid the delivery and construction of the models is described.

    AB - The use of origami as an accessible and transferable modelling system through which to convey the intricacies of molecular shape, chirality and geometric isomerism is presented. The models are shown to provide an accessible resource that provides a tangible structure whose manipulation can aid the visualisation of the key symmetryconcepts. In contrast to conventional ball and stick models – the paper-based systemcan be implemented at almost zero cost and can be simply and effectively integrated into the lecture and tutorial session. Moreover, it was found to provide a take-home trophy that served as an important aide-mémoire and focus for discussion. The systems can be harnessed to address fundamental principles and broader themes suchas receptor site recognition or enzyme lock and key substrate binding and have the potential to cut across both secondary and tertiary science and engineering curricula.The design of custom templates based on powerpoint and e-resources to aid the delivery and construction of the models is described.

    M3 - Article

    VL - 13

    SP - 28

    EP - 31

    JO - Journal of Science Education

    T2 - Journal of Science Education

    JF - Journal of Science Education

    SN - 0124-5481

    ER -