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« on: December 16, 2009 07:06:13 AM »

The 7th grade science project: Make a 3D cell, make it creatively.  For most of the kids that meant using a styrofoam ball and clay, and there's nothing wrong with that, but my girl wanted to make a cake!  As this wouldn't actually be eaten, we decided to use a mix and canned frosting...easier and cheaper than scratch! Of course the organelles had to be edible also, so we scoured the candy aisle for cell-ish ingredients.

We baked square layers since this was a plant cell.  I showed Em how to heat the Starburst and form them, then cut her loose!  She did most everything except for frosting the cake.  I also helped a bit with the actual attaching of the parts.  We had so much fun and her project smelled delicious!

We used the frosting as the cell membrane and Fruit Roll-ups for the cell wall:

Most of the cell structures were made with Starburst.  We also used gumdrops, Sprees, sprinkles, and a Hershey's Kiss!  The vacuoule is a blob of tinted frosting.

Thanks for looking!  I'm sure she'll enjoy your comments!
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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2009 07:15:14 AM »

What a delicious cell! Makes me want to go and chomp on some of the plants outside  Cheesy

Well done to your daughter for being crafty about her project. I hope she gets great marks!
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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2009 11:18:16 AM »

spectacular! this is the kind of thing I would have done had I actually cared in school...

I look forward to seeing more of random class projects completed with cake!

Excellent work!!! Very creative Tongue

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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2009 02:03:41 PM »

OMG this just brought back so many memories. I did the exact same thing for my 7th grade science project. I didn't think to use candies, I used random crap in my house.  So there was peanut butter and jelly and nutella and randomness like that. Yours came out much better. Smiley Wish I had a a pic of mine to compare.

« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2009 01:28:47 PM »

Haha I love this, a good example of "thinking outside the box". I've just finished a Cell Biology module at uni, and it would've been way more interesting if cell cake was involved  Tongue

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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2009 01:42:41 PM »

that plant cell is enough to turn anyone vegetarian, lol, it looks awesome
so much better than my sewn cell for college

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« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2009 10:13:23 PM »

That is amazing! If only I got to do that in my Biology class...
« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2009 06:54:31 PM »

Totally awesome.

When I did the cell model in junior high, every other kid used jello for the cytoplasm, and various inedibles for the organelles.  I used half a cantaloupe, and stuck in half an avocado, pit in, for the nucleus and nucleolus.  The other organelles were edible too, though i don't remember exactly what they were... a thin, folded piece of cheese for an ER, with peppercorn ribosomes stuck to it... memories Cheesy  I thought mine was pretty damn cool, but your daughter's, well, takes the cake!
« Reply #8 on: January 01, 2010 10:54:39 AM »

Fantastic I wish I had seen this years ago
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« Reply #9 on: January 01, 2010 12:59:15 PM »

What a creative way to build a model! Smiley
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