Introduction: Animal Cell Learning Tool
Ah yes, cells. The literal "building blocks" of any living thing. (unicellular, multicellular) This instructable will help teachers/educators teach the cell part of the grade 6/8 curriculum in science. The 3D model is highly detailed and costs under $10!
Step 1: Supplies
- A styrofoam ball
- Acrylic paint (orange,blue)
- Hot glue gun
- Container to mix paint in
- Embroidery thread
- A permanent pen
- Utility knife
Step 2: Safety!
Anybody see the old movie "Safety second"? Anyways, BE SAFE! I got a second degree burn from a hot glue gun EXPLODING! Don't do that.
Step 3: Styrofoam Ball
- With your knife, cut away the styrofoam ball so that it looks something like the picture. (25% out)
Step 4: Paint #1
I didn't have orange so I mixed red and yellow.
- Paint. (I put an old roll of tape underneath so no paint would get on the table)
- Let it dry.
Step 5: Paint #2
- Get your blue.
- Let it dry.
Step 6: The Fun Stuff (Tips)
- Add some glue on the bottom of the clay organelles to help it stick.
- Give it texture! (toothpick)
Step 7: Mitochondria (power Producers)
- With some red clay, make 2 small ovals.
- Flatten them out.
- Add texture.
Step 8: Lysosomes (the Garburator)
- Get green clay.
- Roll and flatten the little balls of it.
Step 9: Vacuoles (the Holder)
- In the styrofoam, dig a small hole.
- With your hot glue gun, fill in the holes. (that will give the membrane covered look)
Step 10: Nucleus (the Brain)
- Make a ball of turquoise and yellow.
- Cut it to look like the picture. (Fig. #3)
- Put texture on it. (use toothpick)
- Add a red ball for the nucleolus.
Step 11: ER (the Tubes)
- Cut a slip of pink paper to match the one in the picture, it should wrap 25% around the nucleus.
- Cut small bits of embroidery thread to glue on the pink paper.
- With the hot glue gun, glue the threat on to the paper.
- Attach around the nucleus.
- Line the ER with clay.
Step 12: Golgi Body (blue,blue)
- With some blue clay, make small "snakes" and attach them in the fashion of squiggles.
- Again, add texture.
Step 13: Ribosomes (protein Synth)
- With your toothpick, poke some dots on the clay on the ER.
Step 14: Cytoplasm (the Glue)
The cytoplasm is the blue that you painted before.
Step 15: Microtubule Network (the Routes) / Cilla
- With a pencil, make some lines around to make the microtubule network.
- Cut some pipe cleaners 1 inch long and stick them randomly around the cell.
- Twist them, to get different shapes.
Step 16: Cell Membrane
The orange paint on the outside.......
Step 17: Lables!
I typed out every organelle on to a page and then cut them out....
- Put a dab of hot glue onto each little slip of paper.
- Stick the toothpick on it.
- Stick into each one according to organelle.
Step 18: Final Product
All in all, I thought it turned out well,and will help teach those kids about cells! If you liked it or have anything to add, comment and remember to vote!
Happy making, mrwonton