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Skin Model Project Ideas

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 15 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

The human skin is fascinating. The projects offered in this asset will allow your students to showcase all they know about the human skin in fun and engaging ways. Independent and collaborative projects are included.

Projects Related to Skin Models

Understanding the anatomy of the skin can be difficult for students. The idea that there is more to the skin than what they can see is almost foreign to some students. Encouraging your students to create projects based on the skin and its anatomy is a great way to ensure that your students have understood all you have taught them on this topic. These projects will work great for your high school and/or upper middle school biology students.

Recreate It

The focus of this project is the function of each part of the skin.

Materials

  • Chosen by the students

Instructions

  • Tell your students that they are going to recreate the human skin using any items they can find. The items can come from anywhere but must represent a specific part of the skin's anatomy. For example:
    • They might pick the bristles of a toothbrush for the hairs in the skin.
    • Gummy bear material (or firm Jell-O) could be used as the fat layer in skin.
    • Plastic food wrap would make an interesting choice for the epidermis.
  • Instruct your students to start the project by drawing an annotated diagram of the anatomy of the skin. On this diagram, they should note what real-world items they might use to represent each part of the true skin anatomy (this diagram should be submitted as part of the final product of the project).
  • Assign a deadline for the project (2-3 weeks is a suggested timeline) and allow class time for your students to present their work. In the presentations, your students should explain what they have used for each part and why they think each piece works as a stand-in for the true anatomical piece.

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