Friday, August 19, 2016

Biology Blitz:4D Science Animal Cell Model-Photos, Sketch, and Review

This isn't aquatic biology or an Entomology Exploration, but simply general biology. Today's project was 4D Science's Animal Cell model.


First of all, the term "Animal Cell" is inaccurate. Thousands of organisms have cells very similar to or identical to the one depicted, and very few of them are animals. And branding single-celled eukaryotic protists as "animal-like" borders on racism. So, this is not an "Animal Cell". It's a eukaryotic cell. Anyway, the parts themselves are very well-done, with bright colors to make them stand out from the cell itself. Each one is rather realistic except for the Technicolor hue and the arrangement in the cell is very accurate. The only drawback of this model (and almost all 4D Science models) is that it does not snap together very well and the parts are fairly easy to lose during construction. It took some serious force to get the plastic shell on the cell and during construction, one of the lysosomes came loose and was discovered rolling around loosely in the cell. The study guide is very nice, too with detailed illustrations of processes like meiosis and the anatomy of the cell. Although, the instructions were not particularly clear.

Overall, this is a fairly good model with well-done parts and an informative guide. But its issues with snapping together and instructions mean that I can't give it a 5-Unicode heart rating. My rating is 3.5 out of a possible 5 Unicode hearts.
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(As far as I can tell, there isn't a half-heart Unicode character Windows can render without specialized fonts, so I figured a hollow heart would be a good representation.) 

Here's my sketch of the model.
And here's our completed model.

Add-On:Plant/Photosynthetic Eukaryote Cell


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