The concept of the relationship between structure and function in living organisms from the smallest level of organization (the cell) to tissues, organs and organ systems is foundational in the study of life science. Providing accurate models to students with visual impairment is essential in building this connection between structure and function.
The model described is of a molecule of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) which is the energy currency of the cell because it provides energy for the cell’s activities. Understanding the structure of this molecule leads to a clear understanding of the manner in which it provides needed energy to the cell.
This model was created by Adele Hauser, one of the artists with whom I have collaborated (See blog - Collaboration of TVI with artist )
Amazingly, she created the model and wrote the directions in less than an hour!