February 26, 2012

Ice Age

Mr T finished his Biology Chimera project. If you'll recall, he was given a single strand of DNA and then from there they had to go through multiple iterations to figure out what their creature looked like. They were then to build their creature and after having pulled a habitat out of a hat, they were to determine whether their creature could survive and then had to place their creatures in a shadow box type scenario depicting the environment.

I think their little guy looks like something out of Ice Age. This is him without his horn and without his sex identified.

chimera without horn.jpg

Next is their creature in his habitat which is Taiga. You'll see he now has his horn and the blue beads signify it's a male. They decided not to put a male sex organ on him. Evidently, a team of boys a few years ago put a HUGE sex organ on their creature and got into some trouble. I got the impression the sex organ was bigger than their creature...

Anyway, T and his partner opted for blue Mardi Gras beads, which is fitting given the time of year.

Chimera with horn.jpg

As I've said before... this is not his Mother's High School Biology...

Posted by Boudicca at February 26, 2012 08:38 PM

Love it! Now let's just hope that knowledge sticks around for college :-) And that little guy is awfully cute.

Posted by: caltechgirl at February 26, 2012 08:50 PM

CTG- I think it will! Not only that, but I think he's going to have a bit of an advantage over the kids who have not had such an intensive course.

Posted by: Bou at February 26, 2012 08:55 PM

It looks like a muppet. :)
How did they make it?

Posted by: PeggyU at February 27, 2012 03:10 AM

He does look like a muppet!

They used a toilet paperroll wrapped in clay and then they took brown furry material from the fabric store. His legs are pipe cleaners. He's suspended so he looks like he's in action, plus his pipe cleaner legs can't hold him up. There is a kind of leg he's got... CTG would remember what it's called. It's not human, but the kind that birds have. They have jointed knees.

Posted by: Bou at February 27, 2012 07:03 AM

.... I'd hate to meet that thing walking alone in the tiaga.....

Posted by: Eric at February 27, 2012 10:19 AM

I think I met one of those things at a Mardi Gras parade recently.

Posted by: Angus of Jura at February 27, 2012 02:07 PM

Very impressive! I like his horn...

Posted by: pam at February 28, 2012 06:24 PM