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Freshmen Excel in Advanced Cell Project
Freshmen Excel in Advanced Cell Project

Freshman biology students showed much creativity in their assignment not only to create a cell with all its organelles but to do extra research to advance and enhance their knowledge on the cell.

Biology teacher Raegan Barnett was quite impressed with the creativity of her freshman students! She explained: All living things are made up of one or more cells. You and I are made up of cells. Trillions of cells. There is a basic anatomy to each cell, but our cells do differentiate into specific cells like muscle cells, brain cells (neurons), and skin cells just to name a few. The freshmen dove deep into learning about cells through their advanced cell project this past month. The students were given the assignment not only to create a cell with all its organelles but to do extra research to advance and enhance their knowledge on the cell. They were given ideas such as doing a separate detailed model of a certain organelle like the famous mitochondria- the powerhouse of our cells that makes ATP around the clock. Some students made their cell parts match their function such as using a water bottle to represent the water vacuole in a plant cell. Many students made specialized cells like a brain cell, bone cell, or lung cell. This included research on the extra parts and functions of those parts. Many gave detailed diagrams, definitions, and beautiful keys with their project.

Savannah Snyder was voted by her peers as the best project overall and received "Mr. Luketic's Desk Award." Her nerve cell with a Schwann cell model won its place on Mr. L's desk for everyone to see. Also winning Most Creative Award were Taylor Tunstall with her representation

of a plant cell as compared to a city and Brennan Jones for an animal cell connected to a stuffed hammerhead shark. Sharks are made of cells, too! Honorable mentions went to Maggie Klug's bone cell, Breanna

Coleman's beautiful glow-in -the -dark nerve cell, Kut's brain cell in a

hamster ball, and Nora Smith's plant cell with QR codes that brought up detailed information and diagrams on each part when the QR code was scanned with a phone - Wow! Go

freshmen!

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