Typical high school biology curricula introduce protein structure as part of an overall introduction to biological molecules. The explanation of how components of proteins interact to create secondary and tertiary structures is limited by a lack of effective ways of representing the interactions, a concept that has been identified as essential knowledge in a variety of national and state curricula. The protein structure activities allow students to explore protein amino acid sequences and the ways that parts of these sequences interact to form unique protein structures with unique functions. Tangible models support understanding of the complex folding patterns because the magnets demonstrate the forces that stabilize the folding protein. These forces invisible and students typically have no experience with these types of interactions in everyday life.