Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Crafty Science Project

I've been pretty busy lately. Between Halloween (which was a blast by the way) and trying to get a head start on my Christmas projects I haven't had a lot of time to post about anything. 

The Christmas project I've been working on is taking up a major portion of my craft time. It's going to be huge! I can't wait to share it!

So, last week my youngest daughter mentioned that she had a science project due this next week. She needed to make a model of an animal cell. Pretty straightforward over all. She just needed to make something that at least represented an animal cell and label each part. She was very adamant that she didn't want to use clay and they couldn't use food. She asked if there was anything we could make using my Cameo. Ummm....maybe. Of course the first place I went to was SVG Cuts! I had so many ideas, but I really wanted something that would be easy for her. I came across the Explosion Box SVG Kit and got an idea. 

I cut out all of the pieces for her and glued the lid together. I also used my scoring tool for the pockets, but the rest was all her.

Read on....

The outside of the box represents the outside of the cell. This is the Cell Membrane.  She used some of my stamps for the lid, but the rest she wrote in with a pencil so she would remember them better later on.
She labeled the inside of the outer box for the Cell Membrane, The middle box is the Cytoplasm. If you pull out the tags on all four sides they're all labeled the same since this is the nature of Cytoplasm.
Each of the colored tags and pockets represent each thing that would be found inside the Cytoplasm of an animal cell. 
The yellow tags and pockets that surround the inner box (Nucleus) represent the Endoplasmic Reticulum. Again all four sides are the same because the Endoplasmic Reticulum surrounds the Nucleus in an animal cell.
This is just a closer shot of what each tag looks like. She contemplated stamping each tag so it would look more polished, but she decided if she wrote each of them out she would be more likely to remember what they are during test time. Also she used some of my embossing folders to kind of mimic what each thing looks like. 
I kind of wish she would have had to define each part of the cell. There was plenty of room, she could have really filled it up.
It goes without saying what each of these are by the labels. I gave her the opportunity to choose whatever she wanted to decorate her project. I thought for sure she would go for the gold, but I think she was a lil intimidated by all of my stuff, so she kept it simple and just had some fun with my box o' bling. 
An inside view of the Nucleolus. 

So that's it! Easy peasy! I'll tell you what, I totally wish I had access to these kinds of things when I was a kid. I loved any assignment where I had to be creative, but I was usually stuck with the homemade clay gig.  I'm so glad I could help her out with this and I can't wait to hear about her presentation on Monday! 

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