General Lab Information


SARS-CoV-2: What do amino acids have to do with it?

The emergence and spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has prompted the push for research that will support the production of vaccines, treatments, and improve our understanding of the mechanics of the virus. Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory have utilized tools at the National Synchrotron Light Source II to study the proteins found on the membrane surface of SARS-CoV-2. During this program, students will learn about the SARS-CoV-2 related research at Brookhaven National Laboratory and explore the basics of structural biology by building amino acid models.

Vocabulary: proteins, amino acids, structural biology, carboxylic group, amine group

Session Information: This activity is available in-person or virtually.

In-Person Session Information Virtual Session Information
  • 1-hour session, times are flexible
  • One class per session, maximum 30 students per class
  • Can book multiple activities in one day
  • $400 (BOCES-aidable) per session
  • 1-hour session, times are flexible
  • One class per session, maximum 30 students per class
  • Secure link to videoconferencing platform will be provided
  • To get the most out of this virtual experience, students should have their own devices devices with internet access (or work with 1-2 other students on a shared device)
  • Kit of materials will be provided, including detailed Teacher Notes guide
  • $400 (BOCES-aidable) per session

New York State Science Learning Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas Crosscutting Concepts Science and Engineering Practices

LS1.A: Structure and Function

LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms

LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits

Cause and Effect

Structure and Function


Next Generation English Language Arts Learning Standards

Speaking and Listening Language

Comprehension and Collaboration
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use