We are loving our Apologia science course this year! Jonathan chose to study human anatomy, and it is truly my favorite subject to teach.
Chapter one is all about cells and yesterday he did his first project – an edible cell project. Now, I’ve assigned all sorts of cell model projects in my 8 years of teaching high schoolers about cells. Most of the time, I left the choice of materials up to the individual students. My only hard-and-fast rule? NO FOOD. I often needed several days to grade all of the projects, and food in my lab/classroom attracted all sorts of unwanted buggy guests. Plus, edible cells just look…. gross.
BUT. As I mentioned before, I took the financial plunge and bought the lab kit that goes with this course. Definitely the best money we’ve spent, as it has ALL of the bits and pieces to do every single little labby-type thing with this curriculum. So, it had the lemon jello and little candy pieces, etc, etc. And I knew Jonathan would love doing it. So, cringing, I put it on his assignment sheet.
He mixed up the jell-o and carefully poured it into the bowl. After a few hours in the fridge, it was time to push all the candy organelles into place.
For each one, he explained the name, function, and placement. I was impressed! (P.S. Inside my head, I’m screaming, “Those goggles do you NO GOOD on top of your head!!” I used to walk around my lab and rap kids on the goggles with my pen when they did this. Most got the message pretty quickly.)
After all the organelles were in place, we turned it out onto a plate, channeling our inner Julia Child the whole time.
That’s a happy kid.
How can he be any happier?
Yes, I let him eat it.
No, I didn’t watch.
Didn’t taste it, either.
All in all, a happy science day!!