THIS DAY IN SCIENCE: Cooling Tower Demolition - Calder Tower in 2007

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Students develop a number of misconceptions about the process of meiosis. This is due to student confusion with similar words and phases in mitosis and the tendency of students to rely on memorizing the processes of cell division. As students try to conceptualize the processes, they build on their previous knowledge of mitosis terms and stages. This often leads to the students not analyzing the patterns to distinguish the differences between the two processes. Therefore, students are memorizing without understanding. This is difficult for them because cell division is an abstract concept.

Students also recognize through this activity the sensitivity and delicateness of this process. Also, an appreciation for the conception of living things and accepting them even if they are not going to have a positive outcome.

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