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Protein Synthesis

Transcription and translation are the processes performed in the cell to create new proteins. Transcription begins in the nucleus, and translation takes place in the cytoplasm. Together they enable coding from the DNA to be replicated and removed from the nucleus and then translated into a sequence of amino acids to form a protein.

Your model should demonstrate and explain each step in the processes of transcription and translation.


  • Recognition
  • Bind and Unwind
  • Elongation
  • Rewind
  • Edit and Cap


  • Recognition
  • Initiation
  • Elongation
  • Stop


Photosynthesis is the process through which plants convert sunlight into stored chemical energy as sugar.

Your model should demonstrate and explain each step in the processes of photosynthesis.

Light Dependent Reaction

  • Photosystem I and Water Splitting
  • Electron Transport Chain
  • Photosystem II 
  • Electron Transport Chain

Light Independent Reaction (Calvin Cycle)

  • Carbon Fixation
  • Sugar Creation
  • Regeneration

Cellular Respiration

Cellular respiration is the process through which cells convert sugar into useful cellular energy like ATP. Below is a simplified explanation. Yours should have greater explanation.

Your model should demonstrate and explain each step in the processes of cellular respiration.


  • Glucose is broken down into pyruvate

Acetyl-CoA Production

  • pyruvate binds with a coenzyme to form acetyl-CoA

Krebs Cycle

  • Through a series of “twists and turns” new molecules are made and broken down then rebuilt to gain small amounts of energy.

Electron Transport Chain

  • crazy ATP formation


Regardless of the project you choose, all of the elements are required.

There should be a key or legend that explains what each part represents.

There should be a sentence or two explaining each step of the process to accompany the appropriate part of the model.

  1. Model and explanation of each part (30 points)
  2. Key or legend (5 points)
  3. Easy to follow visually/Logical organization (10 points)
  4. Aesthetically pleasing (5 points)
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