Edible Algae Models

Sometimes it's okay to eat your science experiment. A hands-on activity has pupils create models for algae to learn about its cellular structure. The best part of the experiment? The resulting juice-filled gels are edible—yum!

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Instructional Ideas

  • Collaborate with a biology teacher for the activity
Classroom Considerations

  • Activity requires some materials; see resource for complete list
  • Builds on knowledge from previous lesson (this is the second of two lessons)

  • Provides suggestions on how to modify the activity for different grades
  • Includes a diagram for the recommended station setup for the activity

  • Connection to the concept of using algae as biofuels is a bit thin