Animal and Plant Cell Construction Kit

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Product description

Animal and Plant Cell Construction Kit by mfritz is licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution license.

 

Summary

Make a model of an animal or plant cell.

Making models of animal and plant cells is a common middle school science activity. Now you can 3D print your cell model. Customize or remix as you please, put a hole in it and make a keychain, whatever you like.

Open the file Animal and Plant cell Construction Kit on Tinkercad.com and you'll have all the parts you need. Or download the parts individually and put them together in your favorite cad program.

https://www.tinkercad.com/things/4Pc42eJLU5Y

How I Designed This

The easiest way for students to build their cells is to search for and open the file Animal and Plant Cell Construction Kit on Tinkercad.com https://www.tinkercad.com/things/4Pc42eJLU5Y. All the parts are in that file and students just need to move them into the correct position and then delete the extra pieces to have a printable model.

Students will want to use the arrow keys to help them move parts into the correct position. They will not need to resize the pieces or lift them off the workplane. They can copy or duplicate to make extra copies of the organelles, and they can be rotated to add some variety to the lay out.

Standards

NGSS

Overview and Background

Make a model of an animal or plant cell.

Making models of animal and plant cells is a common middle school science activity. Now you can 3D print your cell model. Customize or remix as you please, put a hole in it and make a keychain, whatever you like.

Open the file Animal and Plant cell Construction Kit on Tinkercad.com and you'll have all the parts you need. Or download the parts individually and put them together in your favorite cad program.

https://www.tinkercad.com/things/4Pc42eJLU5Y

Lesson Plan and Activity

  1. Go to Tinkercad.com and find the Animal and Plant Cell Construction Kit file and open it https://www.tinkercad.com/things/4Pc42eJLU5Y
  2. Choose either the animal cell or plant cell. Lock it in place and delete the one you don't want
  3. Drag and drop the organelles into position in the cytoplasm
  4. Use Copy or Duplicate to make extra copies of organelles
  5. You can use rotate to reposition the organelles
  6. Delete all the extra pieces and labels
  7. Print your cell model
  8. Optional: You can use paint or markers to color the organelles

 

Project: Animal and Plant Cell

Objective

Students will design and print a 3D model of an animal or plant cell, or both.

Audience

This project is intended for an 8th grade class but could be used for grades 6 - 8.

Preparation

Students should have a basic understanding of the cell, it's parts and their functions. The 3D design process using Tinkercad is relatively easy and would be a good project for beginners.

Steps

  1. Go to Tinkercad.com and find the Animal and Plant Cell Construction Kit file and open it https://www.tinkercad.com/things/4Pc42eJLU5Y
  2. Choose either the animal cell or plant cell. Lock it in place and delete the one you don't want
  3. Drag and drop the organelles into position in the cytoplasm
  4. Use Copy or Duplicate to make extra copies of organelles
  5. You can use rotate to reposition the organelles
  6. Delete all the extra pieces and labels
  7. Print your cell model
  8. Optional: You can use paint or markers to color the organelles

 

Results

This project was completed as described with two 8th grade classes. The students were able to create both an animal cell and plant cell during one 45 minute class period.

A few students accidentally shifted pieces above or below the workplane, so make sure they check for that before attempting to print models.