This October, Class II students brought a fresh and lively perspective to the study of science, turning their classroom into a giant cell museum bubble.
After spending weeks studying the structure and function of the organelles inside cells, the students worked together to select, design, prototype and create 3-D organelles. Each organelle was created to scale from recycled materials, and assembled inside a life-sized, inflatable cell for students, faculty and staff to crawl inside for a closer look.
Science teachers Jonathan Sit and Nicole Uhre-Balk were eager to try the 3-D bubble project this year. "In the past, the girls have studied cells and worked individually to create organelles, but they were always flat," notes Ms. Uhre-Balk. "It was exciting to introduce the 3-D aspect to it all. And the girls were thrilled. The first day we blew up the bubble they went crazy! I remember saying, 'Can we please be excited with our inside voices!'"
But beyond the novelty of spending class time inside a giant bubble, Ms. Uhre-Balk also notes, "Some really good conversations came from the work. They had to research the organelles and work together to build and assemble their models. And you could hear them talking it out, saying, 'this has to be like tubes because the function is to carry proteins, so what's the best way to make tubes?'"
"I also heard a lot of positive things from parents," says Mr. Sit. "It was clear to them that the students were really excited about the class. And they were spreading that joy at home. Some of them specifically mentioned that they loved hearing their daughters rap about cells!"
If spreading science joy and rapping about organelles are any indication, the students in Class II science learned about more than the form and function of living cells - they learned how much fun the learning could be.