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Paper Proteins

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Paper Proteins

In this activity, learners use an origami template to design eight amino acids. Learners configure the amino acids to form a protein. Use this activity to introduce proteins and amino acids. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model


Materials List (per student)


  • Life Sciences
    • Cells
      • Cell Structure and Function
      • Chemistry of Life
    • Human Body
  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
      • Chemistry of Life

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All Rights Reserved, Arizona Science Center, ©2012

Funding Source:

  • Science Education Partnership Award, National Institutes of Health