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Marler Family Science Project

Olivia worked on her Science Project yesterday.  No, it was not a food project, it is a representation of a plant cell and a few of the key parts. 

Chloroplasts (green stringy thing) are found in plant cells. They capture energy from the sunlight and use it to produce food for the cell (photosynthesis).

Mitochondria (red stringy thing) provide the energy a cell needs to move, divide – in short, they are the power centers of the cell.

Cell Membrane (inner part of the Tupperware) protects the cell and regulates the substances that enter and leave the cell wall (Tupperware).

Golgi Bodies (white wormy things) primary function as the cell’s mailroom. They receive proteins and send them to other parts of the cell.

Ribosomes (red balls) function is to transfer proteins from the endoplasmic reticulum to the golgi bodies.

Vacuole (big rubber ball) is found in the cytoplasm (Jell-O) of most plant cells and some animal cells. In general, vacuoles functions include:

1. Removing unwanted structural debris
2. Isolating materials that might be harmful or a threat to the cell
3. Containing waste products
4. Maintaining internal hydrostatic pressure within the cell
5. Maintaining an acidic internal pH
6. Containing small molecules
7. Exporting unwanted substances from the cell
8. Enabling the cell to change shape

Endoplasmic Reticulum (stringy things that sunk) are passageways that carry material from one part of the cell to the other.

Nucleus (small rubber ball that also sunk) directs all of the cell’s activities, including reproduction.

Cytoplasm (green Jell-O — edible, sort of) is a gelatinous, semi-transparent fluid that fills most cells.

  • Olivia’s Science Project published to 33,000 readers. Suspect that beats the heck out of classmates’ projects.

  • Amy Derby

    In a few years she’ll probably be making one of these: http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/local&id=5813988

  • Here is the Full article on “Burger Cam.”
    December 4, 2007 — Young math and science whizzes used their wit to leave a mark on the world of technology on Tuesday.
    16-year-old Naomi Collip and her friends turned science fair partners decided to examine a favorite food of many. Their concern of whether commercially cooked hamburgers pass safety inspections inspired them to create an award winning science fair project that addresses the issue.
    “We designed a video system to automatically measure burger doneness. We did this in the hope of eliminating the threat of E. coli in fast food restaurants and commercial kitchens around the world,” 16-year-old Caroline Lang said.
    A camera mounted above the cooking surface measures burger shrinkage during cooking to determine whether it’s cooked enough to kill bacteria like E. coli.
    “We found in testing that shrinkage occurs with burger temperature so when a burger is shrunk to a certain area, it has cooked safely,” 15-year-old Rebecca Ehrhardt said.
    There’s also a problem with probes because if one burger has E. coli in it, then it can cross contaminate all the other burgers.
    The project garnered the home schooled trio from Yardley, Levittown and Hamiltion Square, N.J., a regional first place and national fourth place win in the Seimen’s science fair.
    The teens have been friends since they were toddlers and their passions aren’t limited to science. Naomi, a future teacher sings and plays soccer. Caroline, a future lawyer loves to dance ballet. And Rebecca, a future scientist, loves the performing arts.
    For right now, however, they are content with seeking a patent and trying to shake up the commercial food world with their E. coli busting burger cam.

  • Amy Derby

    Maybe the future lawyer will be working for you someday.

  • paul

    where is the necleus, I can’t see it

  • julisa Rodriguez

    heyy your project was cool..My friend and i have to do one just like it for the science fair in biology what did you use for the green part thats in the bowl?its like a jelly i think..

  • Joesifina

    could you please list the materials used for this project because my child is doing the same thing shes in the 7th grade

  • Gabriela

    I am doing the same thing!!!
    I need help!

  • mark edward

    Olivia’s Science Project published to 33,000 readers. Suspect that beats the heck out of classmates’ projects.

    Family lawyer