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Steps on how to make an Eukaryotic Animal Cell

Step 1: Creating the Cell Model

For this project, our job was to make a model of an Eukaryotic Animal Cell. This animal cell had to be an original copy and we needed to include a: Phospholipid Bilayer, Mitochondria, Golgi Apparatus, Endoplasmic Reticulum (Smooth and Rough), Ribosomes, Nucleus, Lysosomes, Cytoplasm, and Cytoskeleton.

  • First: my partner and I decided how we wanted to approach this project...We decided that we wanted to use a metal bowl and small objects like paper as our organelles.
  • Second: we cut out a circle of styrofoam and glued it inside of our metal bowl.
  • Third: We then began cutting out and drawing organelles that we were assigned for our project and attached them to our bowl.

Step 2: Wiring the Makey Makey

After making our Eukaryotic Animal Cell, things got a little complex. We needed to design a way that when we gave a group of sixth graders our cells, they would be able to touch and hear about each organelle. We were given a Makey Makey.

  • First: We created conductive copper wire loops to place on top of or beside each organelle.
  • Second: We attached our copper wire loops to the organelle and made sure they were stable.
  • Third: We attached two sided alligator clips to the bottom side of the copper wire loops and then connected the other side of the alligator clip to the Makey Makey.
  • Fourth: We created an "Earth" object that you have to be touching the entire time to make the Makey Makey work correctly.

Step 3: Creating the Scratch Program

For our project to be able to talk, we needed to create a Scratch program to connect with the Makey Makey.

  • First: We created a scratch account.
  • Second: We then recorded our script (The script included definitions of all the organelles we were assigned).
  • Third: We then attached a little orange tab that was under "Events" which was underneath the big tab "Scripts" to the gray space to the right of all the tabs.
  • Fourth: After we selected what key we wanted to play a sound, we went under the big tab "Scripts" and dragged the tab that said "stop all sounds" underneath the orange tab.
  • Fifth: We then dragged the newly recorded sound that we found under the little tab "Sounds" and placed it underneath both the orange tab and the "stop all sounds" tab.
  • Sixth: We recreated the process for the following eight organelles.
  • Seventh: After we finished creating our three-tab sounds, we clicked the button "Share" which is in the top right corner of the screen.
  • Eighth: Lastly, we wrote down the URL that showed up after we pressed share.
<p>That's a fun project :)</p>

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