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Origami Embryo

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Description Step by step paper folding exercise that teaches morphogenesis in the vertebrate embryo (chick). Excellent!
Type of Resource Assignment/Activity (Non-Laboratory/Non-Hands on Activity), Illustration
Format Web Page - HTML
Technical Note also available as PDFs which make useful handouts for the students
Kathryn Tosney, University of Miami
Development Date October 1, 2004
Grade/Age Levels High School lower division (Grades 9-10)
High School upper division (Grades 11-12)
Undergraduate lower division (Grades 13-14)
Undergraduate upper division (Grades 15-16)
Learning Time <=1 hour
Language English
Type of Review Reviewed by SDB Peer Reviewers
Review Date June 5, 2007
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My students get a lot out of this exercise, whether undergrads or medical students. It really helps them understand how the body folds to go from gastrula to 3-D vertebrate!
Diana Darnell, U of Arizona

As soon as I saw this, I couldn't wait to use it with my class! It really shows how 3 simple layers can turn into a complex organism.
It would be better to indicate that it requires a long-reach stapler to be able to accomidate the entire length of the paper. Also, it would be great to list some approximate lengths/distances for folds, staples.

Judy Cebra-Thomas, Swarthmore College