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Structural View of HIV/AIDS:

A Video Challenge for High School Students

Participation Guide

Welcome to RCSB PDB's Structural View of HIV/AIDS Video Challenge – a chance to learn about biology from a new perspective (a molecular structural perspective).

Step 1: Assemble your team

The video challenge is open to teams comprised of a minimum of one and a maximum of four high school (or equivalent home-schooled) students. All members of your team must be over 13 years of age and a student in grades 9-12 (or equivalent home school level). Since there are various skills needed in putting together a video entry, it may be a good idea to rely on teamwork.

Each team must have a team advisor (a teacher/faculty member from your school, an adult over age 18). The teacher/faculty member may be team advisor for more than one team.

Step 2: Select a topic related to HIV/AIDS for the video challenge

You may focus on any aspect of HIV/AIDS and tell a molecular structural story about the topic that you chose. Search for some review articles on HIV/AIDS in PubMed and read them to decide on the topic(s) your team would like to focus on. Some of the possible topics include:

  • The partial or complete life cycle of HIV
  • HIV vs. the human immune system (presenting the scenario of what likely happens in an individual upon exposure to HIV)
  • HIV testing (to detect infection and as a follow-up during anti-HIV treatment)
  • Anti-HIV treatment options and the challenges of drug resistance
  • HIV vaccines
  • HIV and cancer

You may choose any other aspects of HIV/AIDS of that you and your team members are interested in.

Step 3: Identify at least 2 structures in the PDB related to your topic

In order to present a structural perspective of HIV/AIDS, you need to include in your video, still image(s) or animation(s) of the coordinates of at least 2 distinct PDB entries (available from rcsb.org). Video entries without any structural perspectives will be disqualified.

You can find related PDB entries from a variety of sources, including Molecule of the Month articles, using RCSB PDB query tools, described in scientific literature, and more. Make sure that the PDB IDs of the structures that you use in the video are appropriately listed and the PDB entry authors are credited in the video.

Step 4: Brainstorm creative ideas for your video and develop a storyboard

Start by brainstorming on the topic and make a storyboard for your video. This will help you plan out all the pieces that you will need to create the video.

Keep your audiences in mind as you develop your storyboard. A wide range of people will view your video, some with very little or no prior information about the topic. Try to tell your story in a way that helps all audiences understand.

Step 5: Assemble the video

See the Resources page for help with tips and tools for visualization and animation of PDB structures.

Your video should have an interesting title and all images and music that you use in the video should be original.

Remember that in judging your video entry there will be points allotted for originality and creativity but also for scientific accuracy and adherence to guidelines.

Step 6: Submit and share your video

Submission instructions will be available soon.

Good luck!