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This course is included with our Coding/STEAM Curriculum - Middle School Plan

A collection of fun programming projects that demonstrate the application of coding to topics in middle-school biology, anatomy, and genetics.

  • Grades 6 - 8
  • Intermediate
  • Web iPad


Once your students have completed at least five lessons of Programming 101 or equivalent coding experience, you can assign these NGSS-aligned projects to complement your teaching on topics in biology, anatomy, and genetics. For example, if you’re teaching a lesson on cell division, you can assign the mitosis and meiosis. Your students will draw their own animations and use coding and outside research to demonstrate mitosis and meiosis, while comparing and contrasting the two processes.

With this collection of life science projects, you can easily integrate coding and project-based learning into your curriculum. Each STEM lesson walks students through how to make a project about something they’re learning in school with step-by-step instructions. At each step, it encourages them to make their project unique and interesting, emphasizing that coding is a creative medium much like writing or drawing.

We’re constantly updating our STEM courses with new projects, so if there’s something you’d like us to add, send us a message at support@tynker.com.

What Students Learn

  • Use programming for science projects
  • Build a slide show on a topic
  • Build a quiz game
  • Make an interactive charts and models
  • Use animation to illustrate
  • Narrate using your own voice
  • Use the physics engine to model
  • Troubleshoot and debug programs

Technical Requirements

* Online courses require a modern desktop computer, laptop computer, Chromebook, or Netbook with Internet access and a Chrome (29+), Firefox (30+), Safari (7+), or Edge (20+) browser. No downloads required.
* Tablet courses require an iPad (iOS 10+) with Tynker or Tynker Junior app installed and Internet access

Lesson Summary

Create a project that shows the parts of an animal cell.
In this lesson, students will watch an interactive project to learn about the different parts of an animal cell. Next, students will follow a step-by-step tutorial in the DIY (do-it-yourself) module to create their own version of the project they just watched! Activities include changing the background, labeling the different cell parts, describing animal cell functions using the “say” block, and adding graphic effects! If students finish early, ask them to complete the bonus activity in “Step 5” of the tutorial, which encourages them to add more animations.

After completing the DIY module, students will be asked 5 multiple-choice quiz questions about the different parts of an animal cell. By the end of the lesson, students will have experimented with coding concepts (e.g., simple events, input/output, simple loops, graphic effects, delays) while learning about an animal cell’s golgi body, endoplasmic reticulum, cell membrane, lysosome, nucleolus, nucleus, vacuole, and mitochondria!

Code Blocks

  • Cell membrane: A thin covering that surrounds the cell, controlling what enters and exits the cell
  • Nucleus: Controls many functions of the cell and stores DNA
  • Golgi bodies: Modifies, sorts, and packages proteins that need to be moved
  • Mitochondria: Converts the energy stored in glucose into ATP
  • Lysosome: Where the digestion of cell nutrients takes place
  • Vacuole: Stores food being digested and waste material
  • Endoplasmic reticulum: Moves proteins through the animal cell
  • Nucleolus: Where ribosomal RNA is produced

Students will...
  • Analyze the different parts of an animal cell
  • Use code blocks to create an interactive project that shows the parts of an animal cell

  • Computers or iPads (1 per student) with student account access to Tynker.com

  • simple events
  • input/output
  • simple loops
  • graphic effects
  • delays

  • NGSS-Science: MS.LS1.2
  • CCSS-Math: MP.1
  • CCSS-ELA: SL.6.1, SL.7.1, SL.8.1
  • CSTA: 2-AP-13, 2-AP-16, 2-AP-17
  • CS CA: 6-8.AP.13, 6-8.AP.16, 6-8.AP.17
  • ISTE: 1.c, 1.d, 4.d, 5.c, 5.d, 6.b

Class Presentations

These student-facing slide presentations help educators seamlessly run Tynker lessons in a virtual or physical classroom setting. Each lesson has its own set of slides that introduce the big ideas, suggest unplugged activities, and include a section for each activity module. While running lesson slides, you can switch back and forth between the activity, the slides, answer keys and other lesson materials.
A sample slide presentation is available for your review. Please log in to view all the class presentations available with your plan..
Lesson 1
Parts of an Animal Cell
23 Slides
Lesson 2
Animal Cell Presentation
20 Slides
Lesson 3
Animal Cell Structure
21 Slides
Lesson 4
Animal Cell Quiz
22 Slides
Lesson 5
Plant Cell Model
20 Slides
Lesson 6
Plant Cell Presentation
19 Slides
Lesson 7
Plant Cell Structure
20 Slides
Lesson 8
Plant Cell Quiz
20 Slides
Lesson 9
24 Slides
Lesson 10
Heart Quiz
22 Slides
Lesson 11
19 Slides
Lesson 12
Nose Structure
19 Slides
Lesson 13
Digestive System
18 Slides
Lesson 14
Digestive System Quiz
20 Slides
Lesson 15
19 Slides
Lesson 16
Brain Lobotomy
18 Slides
Lesson 17
Identify Parts of the Pancreas
19 Slides
Lesson 18
Pancreas Quiz
18 Slides
Lesson 19
18 Slides
Lesson 20
Natural Selection
25 Slides
Lesson 21
Animal Speeds
16 Slides
Lesson 22
Mammal or Reptile?
18 Slides
Lesson 23
Mitosis VS Meiosis
20 Slides
Lesson 24
Ocean Food Chain Pyramid
24 Slides
Lesson 25
Food Planner
18 Slides
Lesson 26
DNA or RNA Strand
22 Slides
Lesson 27
Plant Reproductive Parts
19 Slides
Lesson 28
Virus, Bacteria, Protists, and Fungi
21 Slides
Lesson 29
Genetic Traits
20 Slides
Lesson 30
Energy Flow in Ecosystems
20 Slides
Lesson 31
Punnett Square
20 Slides