In this units, students will understand the structure and function of the various components of the circulatory system, through didactic and hands-on learning activities. Students will further explore the interaction between the heart and lungs and discuss the impact of their behavior and decisions on their health.
The highlight of this unit is the real-life understanding of the heart’s structure through an in-depth dissection of a pig’s heart, which is similar in size and structure to a human heart. Additionally, students are thrilled to hear from an expert in pulmonology, who visits to facilitate a dissection of a fresh, not yet preserved, set of lungs and heart and facilitates a frank discussion and question-and-answer session regarding smoking and the impact of smoking on their future health. Finally, students are able to apply their knowledge towards a research project on heart and lung health in which they research a disease of the cardiovascular and/or pulmonary systems, prepare a presentation and present to their classmates. This opportunity for research and public speaking to present their findings is part of my skills-building goal to prepare students for upper level studies and professional opportunities.
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