Events & Programs

Science On Wheels – Blood & Guts

Blood and Guts challenges students to uncover the amazing aspects of their insides! Explore the systems and organs that keep us alive and kicking, from our skeletons down to nerves and neurons.


 

Assembly

Fascinating physiology is introduced in this fast-paced science show, using a model skeleton, real pig lungs and other fun props. Delve into the human body – examine the skeletal system, plot the path of a red blood cell through the circulatory system and mull over how messages travel through the nervous system.

Requirements:

  • A stage or performance area
  • One large table for presenter(s)
  • Access to electricity
  • Access to sound system, if available

 

Exhibits

How steady is your balance? Where is your ulna? Assemble skeletons, analyze X-rays and scrutinize skulls. Tease your mind with optical illusions and look inside a real human brain! This exhibit includes real organs from humans and animals. Exhibits in English and Spanish.

Requirements:

  • 8-10 large tables (no chairs)
  • Access to electricity
  • Depending on package, adult volunteers may be required to facilitate exhibits

 

Workshops (by grade level)

45-minute hands-on workshops are taught in your classrooms. Each educator can choose a topic from the list below for the appropriate grade level.

Grades K-2

Creature Features: Be a zoologist for a day! Explore comparative anatomy by taking a closer look at the skin and teeth of different animals. How does your heart rate compare to a hummingbird’s or an elephant’s?

You’ve Got Nerve: How is your brain like a detective? Use your senses to explore mystery scents and fabrics with different textures. You’ll see how information about the world around you is collected, then sent to and processed by the brain.

Bone Zone: Why do we have bones anyway? Assemble a mini skeleton and look at X-rays as you learn more about the shape, movement and function of bones. Examine real bone specimens!

Grades 3-5

Bone Zone: Assemble a mini skeleton as you explore the location and function of bones and joints. Use what you learn to look at X-rays and make a diagnosis. Examine real bone specimens! Best for grades 3 and 4. For grade 5, consider the Main Frame workshop.

Piece of Mind: Be awe-inspired by the power of the brain! Explore how your mind works, discovering more about memory and other brain functions using puzzles and fun activities. See a real brain specimen!

Visual Eyes: Have you ever looked into your own eyes or watched your eyes react to light and dark? Learn the names, locations and functions of the parts of the eye as you explore the remarkable world of optics. Ability to darken room allows for best results.

Grades 5-8

Main Frame: What do we have in common with a cougar or an opossum? Cooperative groups will construct mini human skeletons and real animal skeletons and then compare their form and function. Students work in groups of 4-6. Desks should be arranged in clusters.

Cells R Us: Enter the microscopic world of the cell. Learn the basics of using a microscope as you get up close and personal with single-celled amoebas and compare different specialized cells in the body.

Visual Eyes: Keep your eyes peeled as we explore the science behind vision. Learn the names, locations and functions of the parts of the eye as you explore the remarkable world of optics. Ability to darken room allows for best results.

Piece of Mind: Be awe-inspired by the power of the brain! You’ll explore how your mind works, discovering more about memory and other brain functions using puzzles and fun activities. See a real brain specimen!

Requirements:

  • Access to a whiteboard recommended
  • Tables and chairs for participants
  • At least one staff member or adult must be present
  • Each workshop can be taught only once during each time block even if it is listed for two different age groups
  • Workshop specific requirements are noted in each description

Questions? Review our Science On Wheels – Frequently Asked Questions.

Not sure what you’re looking for? Programs can be adapted to fit your needs. Call (206) 443-2925 or email edprograms@pacsci.org.

TDD: (206) 443-2887

 

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