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This is this is my recap of the Meiosis Models project. The driving question for this project is: how is the reproduction of cells essential to the survival of organisms?

I will answer this question at the bottom of my post.  For this project we had to create models of mitosis and meiosis in Tinkercad, as well as a video showing them and explaining the similarities and differences between them.

This is how I created my models and video.

I think that if I were to do it again then I would spend more time being productive in class.

I think that the video represents my learning appropriately and I am very proud of how it turned out.

The steps that I took to make these models were as follows.

As always, we started off with a mind map. This is my mind map.

After doing the mind map we learned more about this project, as well as the final product and some of  the steps we were going to take during this project. After learning a little bit about mitosis, we filled up some paper cups with dirt and garlic. Over the course of the project, these would grow, and at a certain point, we would take some of the cells and put them under a microscope to see if we could catch mitosis in action. We will come back to this later.

Next, we started using Tinkercad.  We went through and did three tutorials to refresh our knowledge. These were the tutorials I did. 

After that, we did a khan quiz about mitosis and meiosis. Here are my test results.

Khan Test Results

Next, we started on our actual models. First we did mitosis. After I made my models for mitosis, I put my images into keynote and made a presentation recapping the stages. Here is my mitosis presentation.

Mitosis Models

After that, we made our models for meiosis. Most of the models from mitosis looked almost exactly the same as meiosis so the meiosis models were a lot easier to make then the mitosis ones. Here is the presentation I made about meiosis.

Meiosis Models

The next thing we did was examine the garlic we put in dirt. We cut off the tips or the roots and went through a process and then put them under a microscope. This is the process we did.

Flinn scientific mitosis slides instructions

After those didn’t work, we took some photos of professionally mades slides.

The next thing we did was create a video explaining mitosis, meiosis, and the similarities and differences between them. I will show the video at the bottom of my post.

The last thing we did is we made the blog post which I am doing right now.

The Curricular Competencies for this project are:

  1. Questioning and Predicting: Demonstrate a sustained intellectual curiosity about a scientific topic or problem of personal interest.

This means that all class time is used for learning without distractions.

I think that I did alright in this competency. I definitely could have used my class time better, but I think that most of my class time was spent being productive. If I could have done it again, I would have spent more time refining my video and related properties in class. I think that my video would have turned out much better if I had done that.

2)   Planning and Conducting: Collaboratively and individually plan select and use appropriate investigation methods, including field work and lab experiments to collect reliable data(qualitative and quantitative).

This means that microscope slides of plant tissues from clones were prepared and used for photographic evidence of mitosis.

I think that I did this one well. On the first day of preparing our own slides, me and my group mate followed the instructions and thought that we did it well. When we looked at the actual photographs that we got we realized that we did not. I was then absent on the day where we did it again, so I ended up using slides that our teacher gave to us. All things considered. I think that the photographs I used in my video were accurate and clear.

3)   Scientific Communication: Formulate physical or mental theoretical models to describe a phenomenon.

This means that a recorded video with voice narration explains the reasons for and processes of mitosis and meiosis with accurate 3D models and photographs. Similarities and differences are also described.

Although I think that I did this well, I also think that I could have done it better. If I spent more time on refining my video, it definitely would have been better.

As the answer to the driving question, I think that the reproduction of cells is essential to the survival of organisms for many reasons. If cells did not reproduce, things would die off very quickly, because they lack the ability to replace damaged or destroyed cells. Organisms are not able to grow or adapt, and the creation of unique sex cells is very important to the genetic diversity of a species.

I learned a lot about the importance of tiny things that the naked eye could see. There are many small things that seem insignificant, but are actually some of the most important things in our world.

Here is the finished project.

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog, and have a great day.