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Medicine makers

This set of activities looks at the basic mechanism of how painkillers work, how our bodies respond to pain and how these medicines help us to overcome it.

The activities can be used by STEM Ambassadors at careers fairs or in the classroom.  Students create their own model of a painkiller – aspirin, paracetamol or ibuprofen. Once they have built their model, they can ‘bind’ this to a model of the cyclooxygenase (COX) enzyme protein. Whilst students are making their painkillers, this is a great opportunity for STEM Ambassadors to discuss mechanisms of pain relief with them and talk about their job.

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