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Build your own virus

Description: Design and make a virus using genetic material (shredded paper), capsid (air dough) and protein spikes (pins or plastic pegs)

Duration of activity: 10 mins approx.

Age: 7yrs+

Topic: Infections and immunity

Keywords: Virus, infection, disease, vaccines, genetics, capsid, protein spikes, Influenza virus, Adenovirus, Norovirus, Ebola Virus

  • Instructions and equipment list
  • Activity worksheet
  • Virus model reference sheets
Additional resources:

Related activities: Build a healthy cell

With thanks to MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research