Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pacific Science Center Visit!

We continue to benefit from a really awesome PTA. In January, they arranged for the Pacific Science Center "Science on Wheels" tour to make a stop at Sunnyland. This year's theme was "Blood and Guts!"

Students learned a lot about the different systems of the body and their functions. 

Physiology: learning how the body works.

The Skeletal System: how the bones support the body.


Circulatory System: the body's delivery system.
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Here is an example of how blood is oxygenated.

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And this is what happens when the heart REALLY gets pumping!

More on the Circulatory System here.

The Nervous System is the communication network between your brain and the rest of your body.


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Here is a little slideshow recap of the Pacific Science Center visit. 

24 comments:

  1. Dear Class,
    I think that having the Pacific Science Center come to Sunnyland was really interesting because we get to learn things about many different subjects in a fun way. We also get to do a hands on work shop about the topic. Did you enjoy the Pacific Science Center visit?
    Sincerely,
    Phoebe

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    1. Hi Phoebe,

      I loved it! I'm not sure why, but I have always been really interested in the body. One of my favorite things to watch on TV used to be actual surgeries! Isn't that funny? It's just one of those things that I think is really fascinating. It's hard to believe that our body does so much without us really knowing. The Pacific Science Center also makes learning about science fun. The two leaders were cracking me up, especially when they guy was jumping around and waving his arms and all the lights on the display were flashing because his brain was on overload. I'm glad to read that you enjoyed it, too.

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      Mr. Pahl

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  2. That day was really fun because some of us learned something new and some of us even saw new things. I think the best part of that day was when we saw a real brain!

    Sincerely, Rajveer

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    1. Hi Rajveer,

      I agree! Have you ever seen a brain before? I don't think I have ever seen one up that close. Isn't it great that some people are willing to donate their bodies to science to help us learn more about the body and how it works?

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      Mr. Pahl

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  3. Dear Class,
    I had so much fun learning about the body! I loved all the stuff we learned about the body and all the hands on activities. I thought it was crazy when we got to see the real brain, it looked strange and it was kind of weird that it was brown. I hope you enjoyed the science centers visit as much as me. Happy bloging.
    From, Gavin

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    1. Dear Gavin,
      I agree with you. I learned a lot of new stuff that I didn’t know before! Did you learn anything new? I also thought it was wired that the brain was brown! That guy was very brave to have his brain removed and put at the Pacific Science Center! What did you think? Happy bloging!
      Sincerely,
      Karoline

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    2. Dear Karoline,
      You are right. That guy was very brave to have his brain removed and given to the Pacific Science Center. I think it most have been pretty scary for him to have his brain and then given to the Pacific Science Center. Happy blogging!
      From, Gavin

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  4. Dear Class,
    I think the Blood and Guts assembly was a great way to have kids learn about bones and how the body works.
    Sincerely,
    Shawn

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  5. Dear Class,
    It was so much fun when we got to learn all about Blood and Guts. I learned a lot of things about the body that I didn’t know before. Like that the brain controls your arms and legs and that the opposite side of the Brain controls your opposite arm or leg. It’s so gross but so fun to learn about!
    Sincerely,
    Karoline

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  6. Dear classmates, It is amazing how microscopic creatures called cells and “good germs” help make our body work, like it is doing business every day, even when you are using the mouse to scroll through comments! Without lungs or veins or any blood vessels, we wouldn’t be roller-skating nor dancing, even I wouldn’t be here commenting you about it! We all have a body made of muscle and bone, even if we are grossed out about it.
    From, Fiona

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    1. Dear Fiona,
      I agree that our body is amazing. Just think, if our intestines were stretched out it would go around the world 2 times! I’m very excited to learn more about the human body.
      From, Linnea

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  7. Dear Mr.Pahl,
    I still can’t believe that it was a real brain! It’s so weird that it has cemacles all over it, but why?? I still think it is kind of gross that somebody will donate their brain to the Pacific Science Center.
    Sincerely,
    Avery

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    1. Hi Avery,

      The brain had chemicals all over to preserve it. It's understandable that you think it's gross. A lot of people would agree with you. Another way to think about it though is that we are really lucky people donate their bodies to science. Without them, there would still be so much for us to learn about our bodies and how they work.

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      Mr. Pahl

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  8. Dear Mr. Pahl,
    It really blows my mind that I have seen real brains and hearts.
    Sincerely, River

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    1. Hi River,

      It is pretty odd, isn't it? I hope it blows your mind in a good way.

      Mr. Pahl

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  9. Dear Class,
    They worked Luann really hard after a while. He was running to the heart, the lungs, and the muscles. I bet he was so exhausted when he got done with the demonstration.
    From, Rhiannon

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    1. Dear Rhiannon,
      Your right, they did work Luann very hard. Imagine if you would have to do that forever, I think you would be very tired. But you get good exercise on the bright side.
      From,
      Sophia

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    2. Dear Rhiannon,
      You are right, they did make Luan run around a lot. I am pretty sure he was very tired after that.
      Sincerely, Devin

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  10. Dear Class,
    I loved having the Pacific Science Center visit because you don’t usually get to see an adult dressing up in a big red costume. I hope that you liked it too!
    From, Linnea

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  11. Dear Mr. Pahl, I like the Pacific Science Center slideshow that you made.
    Sincerely: Donna

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  12. Dear Mr. Pahl, I really liked the Pacific Science Center came and did science with everyone. Sincerely, Makani

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  13. Dear Mr. Pahl,
    I really liked the part of the video when the man showed a real brain.
    Sincerely, Brionna (Devins Cousin)

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  14. Dear classmates,
    Imagine how much work your blood cells are doing right now! The white blood cells are fighting and eating off all the bacteria that can make you sick, while the red blood cells are bringing oxygen to your lungs and zooming back to the heart and making it pump, to keep you playing with your little brother on the swings in the park. Your blood cells were all born from bone marrow, when they are done with their job and too tired to work, the body splits the blood cell up to make more blood cells or just throws that cell out of the body. Do you have any questions about the awesome human body? Or would you like to compare and contrast an animal’s body from a human’s?
    From, Fiona

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  15. Dear Class,
    That was so interesting when the Pacific Science Center came. I learned a lot about the human body when they came but my favorite part was when they showed us the real brain. It was so awesome! It looked really cool but it didn’t smell very good. It’s really cool that somebody donated their brain to the Pacific Science Center because now they might be able to learn new stuff about the brain.
    Sincerely,
    Julia

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