Top 10 Classroom Medics Science workshop Activities
10. COLIN THE COLON
A recent addition to our Classroom Casualty workshop, but already a firm (sorry, i couldnt resist) favourite. This is one of the more trickier activities where you can use an endoscope to examine inside Colin to find the tumours, ulcers and polyps.
9. SPRINT TIMER
This one always gets the competitive streak going. Principally this is just a short 15m sprint, but from the data collected we can calculate peak running speed, power output and break horsepower to see which house hold appliance or car you are!
8. LUNG AGE
Watch out smokers! We can tell you how old you lungs are. The worst pupil we ever had was 15 and had a lung age of 62! They had been smoking since the age of 12!
Connecting youself to a computer with wires and crocodile clips has never been so much fun :-) You record and print the electrical signals coming from your heart with an ECG. The most common question asked is why a friend has different sized peaks (QRS). Its nothing to worry about, everyone is different!
6 .BATAK WALL
Used by professional athletes to test hand eye coordination and reactions, this is one of our most addictive activities…..well, with teachers it is. We have had PE and Science departments spend all of their break time in the hall trying to beat each others scores. No one has got close to Tom’s score of 68 in 30seconds.
5. BALL THROWING SPEED
One for the boys this one (not that girls can’t throw, it just more popular with boys). It can get very very competitive with lads throwing the same ball over and over againto try and beat each others scores. They all usually peak after the 5th or 6th go. One of the most memorable performances was a throw of 79mph by a 13yr old boy in year 9.
4. AGEING PHOTOGRAPHY
This was always gets groans of disgust as well as barrels of laughter. The sight of what smoking and sunlight does to your looks at the age of 72 always causes a stir, but for some reason obesity causes fits of laughing. I think this may show society has some way to go in tackling perceptions and attitudes towards obesity.
3. SULTAN THE GIANT
This is the lowest tech activity we have, but also one of the most popular! Basically a laminated piece of card that has Sultan the worlds tallest man printed on it along side many world records that rely on height and length. Pupils are always fascinated to see if they are as tall as the worlds biggest stack of doughnuts, daffodil or bunny hop!
2. STAN THE PATIENT SIMULATOR
Can we kill him? We get asked this about 30 times a day…. But we dont mind, because we can kill Stan in many ways to help explain how drugs and diseases affect the body and give pupils a greater understanding of how the body works. We now have pupils taking a diagnosis and examining evidence to see what is wrong with Stan and to see what the correct treatment is.
1. ANDY THE INJECTION ARM
Andy is Stan’s half brother, who is completely `armless and wont hurt anyone ;-) The opportunity to use a real needle and take some fake blood is the most popular activity we have. It is so popular that we have now started to cannulate Andy as pupils pick up the basics really quickly, they want somethig a little trickier! The youngest child to have a go was 4 years old at the Cheltenham Sciene Festival.