Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Edible 3D Model of a Plant Cell

Yes, I know it's been awhile since I've blogged, but hey, sue me.

This morning Joseph submitted his science project .... two days early! He was motivated by design.

The assignment was to create a 3-D model of a plant or animal cell with 13 parts identified. Extra credit is given if it's edible, and his is completely consumable! He went with a pound cake (denser and less likely to fall apart), lemon icing dyed green for the cytoplasm then darker green for the vacuole, and various candies for the other parts: green Skittles for the chloroplasts, green Mike & Ike's for the mitochondria, white pearl parils dyed green for ribosomes, red gummy worms for Golgi complex; green gummy worm for the smooth endoplasmic reticulum; sugar-coated sour gummy worms for the rough endoplasmic reticulum, a green Hostess Sno-Ball for the nucleus cut in half to show the nucleolus and nuclear membrane; and red fruit roll-up for the cell membrane and tye-dye fruit roll-up for the cell wall.

He typed up a legend showing the parts identified with candy and made toothpick flag markers for the other parts.

I think the best part is the display box I got at Wal-Mart. Got to find and hold on to those recycle items that can be repurposed for school projects!

Scrapbook products used: Glue Arts GlueGlider Pro