It’s that time of year again when the Biology students create a
living edible cell.
The rules are simple: All pieces parts must be edible. Must remain un-refrigerated. Must have all the pieces parts of a plant or animal cell. Want the instructions in pdf, click here. Mad Science Project.
I did not come up with this idea. I just added my own touches from the previous Biology teacher. I made the page linked above and made certificates. Below is the Hideous certificate. Yes, at least one student comes in with the grossest cell ever made. They win this certificate. Click on it and it will bring up the certificate for you to print, if you want to use it. All members of our co-op vote on this. Honestly, it is quite obvious who gets this award.
The Beautiful Cell – This is for the prettiest cell. Usually done by a girl. lol All members of the co-op vote on this.
The Meticulous Cell – This is for the one that is totally perfect. All organelles present and accounted for. All are in portion, sort of. I look to make sure the organelles are there, the nucleus is the largest and other organelles are around the correct size, shape, and position. I select the cell for this certificate.
The Fantastic Cell – This is for all the other students who did not win the above certificates. I feel if they are going to work so hard on this project, they need a certificate.
I like to give an award for anyone who tastes all of the cells. I know! It’s gross, but they do taste it. I usually have several of the parents warn the kids not to try the cells, but the kids usually don’t listen and try it anyway. Last year almost everyone in the class tried them all. That includes the Hideous one.
This year I have three problems I need help with.
1. I like to give only one giftie to the student who taste all cells. Two years ago I found a box of yucky candy to give as a gift. See here. I haven’t been able to find anything as exciting since then. Do you have any suggestions? Do you have any suggestion to keep this to only one winner?
2. I want to give the students an extra challenge. This is my last year of teaching Biology (at least a break anyways) and I want to go out with a bang. I’d like to give something to the student who brings in a cell that I haven’t seen before. Something that will knock my socks off. Any suggestions on a prize?
3. I don’t want one student going home with all the prizes/certificates. For example, if a student comes in with the most beautiful one, I don’t want that student going home with the Meticulous and Knock My Socks off certificates. Any suggestions on what I can do there?
Anyhoo, any suggestions on how to make this a very exciting year for edible cell production, will be greatly appreciated.