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Starbucks and Organelles? What?!
Transcript of Starbucks and Organelles? What?!
By: Nida Zia & Ashley Coopersmith
We will be comparing the organelles of a plant cell to the parts of...
A Starbucks Café!
Let's begin with:
The cell walls are similar to the walls of Starbucks because like the cell wall, the store walls provide a sturdy structure to prevent the store from falling.
Although the cell has a cell membrane, the cell wall is stronger and rigid, therefore providing a stronger layer to prevent the cell from collapsing. Cell walls are made of specialized sugars called cellulose. Cellulose provides a protected framework for a plant cell to survive.
Chloroplasts are green, double-membrane organelles that are the food producers of a cell. The process of photosynthesis is used to create starches (sugars) for the plant to survive.
The coffee counters of Starbucks best represents a chloroplast in a plant cell because just like a chloroplast, the coffee counter is where food or drinks are prepared and served to customers to consume.
The golgi body/golgi apparatus is composed of a series of membranous tubes. The golgi apparatus' job is to package synthesized proteins in vesicles that are stored for later use or get sent out of the cell.
A drink tray best represents a golgi apparatus of a cell because the drink trays are used to package and store multiple drinks at once for easy transportation.
Vacuoles are storage bubbles found in cells. They might store food or any variety of nutrients a cell might need to live. They can even store waste products so the rest of the cell is protected from contamination. Eventually, those waste products would be sent out of the cell.
The storage room for Starbucks is the best reflection of a vacuole of a cell because just like the vacuole, a storage room stores ingredients that the employees might need to make drinks and food.
Mitochondria are double membrane sac-like organelles found in the cytoplasm. Their shapes differ from each other. Some might be spheres, ovals, or thread-like. Their main function is to produce energy throughout the cell. That is when the nickname "The Powerhouse" comes to mind.
A fuse box is like the mitochondria of a plant cell because it produces the energy (electricity) to power the store and allow all necessary activities to take place.
The nucleus is known as the control center of a cell. It assists in controlling eating, movement, and reproduction. The nucleus will not always be in the center of a cell, however. It will be a big dark spot somewhere in all of the cytoplasm, but not at the edge of a cell, because that will be a hazardous place for it to be in.
A manager is the best reflection of the nucleus because it controls and overlooks activities happening in the store. Managers also detect and solve any problems happening in the store.
The cell membrane is a semi-permeable membrane that surrounds a cell. It provides protection with its fellow companion the cell wall. Its function is to allow certain substances to enter and exit the cell. This membrane is made out of lipids and proteins.
Baristas at Starbucks can be considered as a cell membrane because they are able to control what comes in through the counter (such as money) and what exits (such as change, food, or coffee). In addition, baristas also look after whom or what may enter/exit the store.
Ribosomes are considered as "protein builders" or "protein synthesizers" of a cell. Whether they're floating in the cytoplasm or attached to the endoplasmic reticulum, these organelles consist of RNA (ribonucleic acid) and protein. Their function is to synthesize and assemble proteins.
Coffee machines can be considered as ribosomes from a cell because coffee machines synthesize and "assemble" coffee. Coffee is also made through a specific process through the machine.
The ER functions as a packaging system. There are two types: Rough ER and Smooth ER. They both have the same types of membranes but they have different shapes and functions. Rough ER's job is to manufacture proteins while the Smooth ER's job is to create and store steroids.
The condiment station best resembles the endoplasmic reticulum in a cell because the station allows for modification to occur.
The purpose of the lysosomes is to devour things. They might be used to digest food or disintegrate the cell when it dies. Lysosomes hold enzymes that are released when they need to digest something. They break down complex molecules (sugars and proteins, for example).
The trash cans of Starbucks best represent the lysosomes of a cell because like lysosomes, the trash cans intake access/unwanted food.
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Eukaryotic cells are cells that are ten times greater in size than prokaryotic cells. Eukaryotic cells hold a plasma membrane. Both cystol and ribosomes make up the cytoplasm in eukaryotic cells.