Building KiMoSin : design requirements for kinetic interfaces in protein education
Author(s)Brown, Ashlie (Ashlie M.)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
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Design guidelines for tools to enhance protein education are developed and applied to a prototype tool. A literature search and personal experience suggest kinetic, tangible models fill the current gaps in protein education. Thirty-six personal interviews with biology instructors and students set a mandate for three design guidelines for appropriate kinetic, tangible tools. The guidelines - simplicity, accuracy, and intuition - form a simple mantra to guide protein education tool design. The guidelines are then used to develop the prototype of an educational model of kinesin, a simple and vital motor protein. Application of these guidelines should result in design that provides students an interactive medium to discover the world of proteins. The prototyped kinesin model, nicknamed KiMoSin, shows promise of fulfilling that goal.
Thesis (S.B.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, 2007.Includes bibliographical references (leaves 18-19).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology