Publication No. 10415
Make Your Own Cell
Student Laboratory Kit
Materials Included In Kit
Flinn Cellgel™, 250 mL, in cell-making molds, 8
Additional Materials Required
Cell organelle materials
The melted gel in this activity is extremely hot and can cause severe burns. Use extreme caution during this part of the activity. Wear chemical splash goggles, heat-resistant gloves and a chemical-resistant apron. The Cellgell™ contains an oil base and students should wash their hands before leaving the laboratory. Please review current Safety Data Sheets for additional safety, handling and disposal information.
Please consult your current Flinn Scientific Catalog/Reference Manual for general guidelines and specific procedures, and review all federal, state and local regulations that may apply, before proceeding. Flinn Cellgel™ can be reused and remelted many times and cell models can be kept in sealed zipper-lock bags for long periods of time. The materials can be disposed of according to Flinn Suggested Disposal Method #26a.
Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)†
Science & Engineering PracticesDeveloping and using models
Disciplinary Core IdeasMS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
HS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
Crosscutting ConceptsScale, proportion, and quantity
Systems and system models
Structure and function
MS-LS1-2. Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.
Make Your Own Cell
Cells are usually viewed using a microscope. We see them one plane at a time. It is easy to lose sight of the fact that cells are three-dimensional. Building a 3-D model of a cell can reinforce this concept.
In the 17th century, Robert Hooke used a microscope to examine shreds of cork. He marveled when he saw an internal structure within the cork pieces—little box-like units that appeared to be empty. At the thinnest areas of the cork he could see right through the box-like units. He called these structures cells.
Flinn Cellgel™, 250 mL
The melted Cellgel™ material is extremely hot and can cause severe burns. Be extremely careful when pouring the gel and while it is cooling. Wash hands before leaving the laboratory. Wear chemical splash goggles, heat-resistant gloves and a chemical-resistant apron.