Thursday, February 24, 2011

Golgibody

Nope. Golgi body is not another Word Verification. As you'll see when you leave a comment about how AMAZING T's science model is (coming below), word verification is a thing of the past here at Poppyprint. In over 24 hours since I turned it off, not one icky spam comment offering to enlarge any of my body parts! How come no one's trying to do the reverse? Magic pills for smaller parts, please! Did you see Ayumi and Nina-Lise's comments on that post? Apparently both of them could use one of those words in a sentence and get this: it's the same word!!

INGEN means "green beans" in Japanese AND it also means "none" in Norwegian. That's so much fun. Thanks for all of the comments and advice on that post. Clearly, I am not alone in the word-verification-is-a-pain-in-the-ass club.

Okay, on to my incredible son. Two days ago he came home from school and headed straight to the kitchen, took his own life in his hands by opening the Tupperware cupboard, and emerged with a clear square container. He asked if he could use it. Uhhh, sure! What for? He needed to make a cell. More specifically, a model of a plant cell, for his 8th grade science class. On his own accord, he then headed down to the art area (the place under the stairs where we store all manner of craft kits, pipe cleaners, glue gun, markers, crayons, Perler beads, felt, paper....etc.). Oh, he also asked if I had any whole peppercorns. What?

Look what he made!!!! And he only asked 2 questions. I did nothing (B did coach some hacksawing). Pretty cool.

T's plant cell

I've come to learn that any school project involving the glue gun is 100% more likely to be finished before the due date than, say, an English essay. This plant cell model comes complete with recycled bottle caps and a butter tart tin to hold various little cell bits (Michele, are you watching?). You have to understand, while I'm fairly handy with needle and thread, I am not really a crafty momma. My recycling goes in the blue bin, not the art area!

The Mitochondrion is my fav: that was always my favourite cell word in school, too. I like squiggly things.

T's plant cell detail

The nucleus is a golf ball hacksawed in half and coloured with a sharpie. Once the cell project was labelled and safely encased in a protective layer of plastic wrap, T then went about trying to figure out how to stick the other half of the golf ball to some part of his body so it looked like it was imbedded by a killer slice (of the golf variety) gone awry. Boys.....

T's plant cell detail2

aren't they awesome?

20 comments:

badlandsquilts said...

Absolutely wonderful...a definate ISEF future attendee!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

very good ! Looks like he has inherited some of your creative genes for sure!

Amy said...

Fabulous!!! It brings back such memories. I loved doing science projects!!! I remember a clay lobster with all it's parts labeled, and a neuron on plywood with synapses made with Christmas tree lights that I stuck through little holes. It looks like your son has just as much fun!! Tell him that I said way to go!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Funny and wonderful and creative and smart! blessings, marlene Oh and did I mention handsome. I know you didn't show his picture but I get a feeling for these things.

ayumills said...

What a cute project! I bet this project will help him remember these words very well. In fact, I like this better than the illustration in my biology text book lol.

felicity said...

I LOVE that project. Seriously - if that's how cell structure had been expressed in my high school biology class, I might have actually ended up a scientist!

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

Wow, we've had that project to do before and my kids produce nothing anything like as cool as that - my son had to make a play-doh muscle cell and it was long and pink with a kind of swelling at one end - I mean it was an enlarged member - oh no, this comment is going to go into spam because I wrote enlarged member :-( Either way, your son did a really really cool project - kudos!

Mrs Moen said...

That is so cool and creative; it looks like a piece of modern art! Who knew Tupperware was so scentific.-)

Heidi said...

That's AWESOME!! He did a great job. I can't stop looking at it. Very creative.

And I agree.. anytime you can incorporate the glue gun into a project it's much more fun.

Gypsy Quilter said...

I do believe I must hire this young man to help decipher some terms doctors dictate. A finer cell description I've yet to see.

Dianne said...

Tate Rocks!!! And for those of you who are wondering he is VERY handsome!
Science class seems to be a lot more fun than when I went to school, of course back then I'm not sure tupperware had even been invented LOL!!

Jan said...

This is so utterly cool. He's on his way to a great college.

Amanda Sue said...

Yay! I am a former biology instructor and have college students who couldn't do that. Great work!!

anniem said...

I am a high school science teacher and while I haven't asked this of my students this would score top marks with me. All the identifying features of each organelle are present and accounted for. And to you too, as you didn't dive in a do it for him. He's learned so much more that cell parts. Nicely done guys.

traceyjay said...

he did a great job! :)

Jan said...

Hey that is one bright kind you have there. I like his project, he has great ideas.

Mama Spark said...

I'm a scientist by trade and I love making cells!! We did one in a bag with edible parts and Jello as the cytoplasm!! COOL!!!

H2Ogirl said...

This is awesome! Thanks for sharing.

Michele Pacey said...

Oh man, I almost missed this!!! That would have been some kind of sin. We have sickness at my house... Wow, he is pretty crafty that boy of yours... I had no recollection of golgi body when I first read your post title but it's slowly coming back... golgi body, good gosh, that's going back, what, 27 years now?.. amazing what we recall when we're forced to.

How proud are you of your (not so little) guy? Holy mackerel, this is so nifty. The mitochondria are cool but I think the nucleus is where the hardest work went, as it should be. So that's my favourite. And the fact that he tried to glue it to himself. And the recycled bottle caps. Oh heck the whole thing is just fantastic. You tell him that! Too much fun, hee hee!

trish said...

That is awesome!