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Microscopic Marvels: Cells

Have you ever wondered what goes on in the body of a living thing at the microscopic level? In this 5 week class, we will explore and build hands-on models of DNA and cells using LEGOs, slime, candy, and more!
Lisa Greenhut
409 total reviews for this teacher
8 reviews for this class
Completed by 16 learners
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year olds
learners per class


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$11 per class
Meets 1x per week
Over 5 weeks
60 minutes per class

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Class Experience

Students will explain how DNA "codes" proteins, which in turn combine to form cells.
Students will distinguish between living and nonliving things, and between bacteria, viruses, prokaryotes, fungi, plants, and animals.
Students will assemble scientific models for each cell type and label the parts.
Students will explain the function of key organelles, such as the nucleus, cell membrane, and mitochondria.
Students will compare prokaryotes and eukaryotes, noting similarities and differences.
Students will examine cell types that comprise the human body.
Week 1: -beads in red, blue, green, yellow (should be large enough to slide onto pipe cleaners) -two pipe cleaners -provided printout - DNA sequences Week 2: -ingredients to make slime (liquid starch, glue, water, food coloring) -small plastic ziplock bag -recycled soda bottle -Model Magic or other material to make the covering -pipe cleaners -beads -provided printout - labels for cell model Week 3: -rectangular or square LEGO baseplate -variety of LEGO pieces -provided printout - labels for cell model Week 4: -Jello or pudding (premade) in a round or oval bowl/pan -a variety of small candy or fruit ingredients - a full suggested list will be provided prior to class -provided printout - labels for cell model Week 5: Options will be provided ahead of time - easy to find craft supplies, recycled materials, and/or food items can be used.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
1 hour per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Students will be asked to use basic craft supplies and should be able to use scissors and glue safely. No oven is required for the edible cell, but ingredients such as Jello should be prepared in advance with adult supervision if needed.


Lisa Greenhut
Lives in the United States
Museum educator, science enthusiast and homeschooling parent
409 total reviews
283 completed classes

About Me

My name is Lisa and I love science! I'm a science educator at the American Museum of Natural History, and I want to bring science classes straight to you. Some of my favorite topics are:
-Rocks and Minerals - Geology rocks!
-Volcanoes - Explosive... 
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