Student Activity - Modelling animal cells in 3D
In this activity, students make 3D models of specialised animal cells, imitating what can be seen under high-resolution microscopes.
By the end of this activity, students should be able to:
- name some animal cells that have distinctive shapes
- describe how these distinctive shapes help the cells carry out their specialised roles
- describe some of the features of cells (e.g. organelles) that are common to all cell types
- discuss how model-building can aid understanding of cell structure and function
- identify which microscopes scientists use to generate 3D cell images.
Download the Word file (see link above) for:
- introduction/background notes
- what you need
- what to do
- discussion questions
- extension ideas
- student handout.
- Nature of Science
Scientists create and use models to help us more easily understand something that is mathematical, physical or conceptual. Models help scientists communicate with others and gain a better understanding of how things work.
This website gives instructions on how to make 3D models of cells, which are then sliced, allowing students to examine the cross-sections.
Explore some of the main organelles within a cell, using your school as an analogy.
Inside a cell