Virus Model Instructions

Virus Models

Use viral pictures from your textbook or from a website to construct a 3-dimensional model of a virus. Your model must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be 3-dimensional
  • Must show the two main parts of the virus — nucleic acid core & protein coat or capsid
  • Model must have string attached & be ready to hang
  • Must include a label with your the name of the virus, your name, & class period

The following rules for constructing you model must also be followed:

  • Must be light enough & small enough to hang and not “bump” other students heads
  • Must be sturdy (use plenty of glue & securely attach your string)
  • Can’t be made out of food products
  • May not have sharp points (no toothpicks)
  • May not be made of anything flammable (no matches)
  • Should be made of inexpensive materials

Types of viruses that make good models:






HIVOrganisation of the HIV-1 Virion




Tobacco Mosaic Virus





Models will be graded based on the following:

  • Level of difficulty (will receive the most weight in grading)
  • Accuracy
  • Colorfulness
  • Creativity of building materials