When Spencer Neckritz and Max Denner teamed up for the Grade 7 Cell Analogy project, they went straight to the source to replicate the nuclear membrane in their classroom-themed project. They created the miniature printer for their project using King's 3D printer in the Innovation Lab. Max comments, "My favorite part was painting and making our classroom. It was nice to see all our ideas finally come together. I now have a much better understanding of how a cell functions as one. Though I knew all the organelle functions, I now know how they all work together."
The Grade 7 Science curriculum begins with the study of the cell as the foundation of life and culminates with in-depth investigation of the complexities of human organ systems. The Cell Analogy project is hands-on way to gain a deeper understanding of what goes on inside a cell while being creative and unique. "For example: in the circus, the cell membrane was analogous to the tent because it surrounded the circus and allowed people in and out," adds Michelle Sibrizzi, Science Faculty. "The project is a great way for students to learn and remember the function of the organelles by creating an analogy, something that they can relate to, to something so small as a cell and its organelles. The creativity was entirely up to them so some chose to 3D print and others used computer parts to simulate a robot. One of the models even had a working conveyer belt to demonstrate the transport of proteins (luggage) through their airport."
Catie Harvey and Josephine Marra built a sushi restaurant to illustrate the cell parts. Catie comments, "We chose to do a Conveyor Belt Sushi Restaurant because it was unique, fit the required description of the project, and we knew that it would be very eye catching, as well. My favorite part of this project was creating the fun little people out of clay, and coming up with ideas for what to make for each organelle. This creative project helped me learn about all the different parts of the animal and plant cells, and what they do for the body."