My most intriguing project in my ninth grade science class was my first benchmark. It consisted of writing a paper on DNA and making a 3D model of it. I started out think of my school’s Core values, inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation, and reflection. Inquiry is thinking of questions you want to ask and thinking of what you want to learn. I specifically wanted to learn about genetic mutations. Then I moved on to research and gathered my information. I searched online and asked my classmates and peers for help in order to put together my project. This also coincided with the third core value of collaboration. I was able to work with my friends and help them with their projects and in return they helped me with mine. In the picture below you can see my presentation board. I created a poster which included a full DNA sequence on top of the board, and I also included an up close version on the beneath it. If I could do this project any differently I definitely would start my board earlier. I wrote the paper fairly quickly, but I waited until the last minute to make my 3D model. I had so much fun working on and completing this project.