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Seventh graders have been learning about cell structure and function, which can be a dry topic at the best of times. In order to make the cell unit more memorable and to help the students retain content, the 7th grade team decided to do a Cell Analogy Project. The students would compare an animal or plant cell to something they were familiar with – student analogies ranged from a car to a school, to the Hunger Games. In order to make the project more dynamic the 7th graders had to create a model of their analogy and, working in conjunction with the middle school eCoach, most of the 7th graders chose to create their model using Minecraft. It was an eye-opening opportunity for both teachers and students, to see how a game can be used to help students learn and retain science content, as well as, allow them creative freedom. In all the years I have been teaching the cell unit I have never seen students retain more information about the cell and how it works. Mixing the student’s fascination for technology and gaming with science has opened a whole new world of learning for both my students and me.
Mary Penny, MS Math & Science