Find out here what happened when BHF sent Joel and Jordan and 13
other young people to find out about their hearts.
After being selected as potential science 'geniuses' of
the future from around the country they travelled to the
Royal Veterinary College, to conduct experiments, carry out
tests and do some dissection.
The Team in their lab coats!
Sheep heart and lungs: we
dissected a sheep’s insides and learnt how the right side of the
heart pumps blood to the lungs.
Then, towards the end of the day, we dissected a dog. None of us
could identify the breed, but it was gruesome! The stench was
awful, some of us were brave enough our stick our fingers into the
This week we focused on exercise and how keeping our body healthy
means keeping our organs functioning well.
We also checked our resting heart rates and our recovery rate. We
got into pairs and strapped blood pressure cuffs to our arms. The
lower our heart rate was, the fitter we were! Your heart
rate should not be too high or too low
because it might be
unhealthy for you. The average for adults was 70 to 75…
This week we focused on obesity. We looked at the Change
for Life charts and leaflets that tell you how to
have a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. We realised that
we should eat more fruit and vegetables.
We also checked our BMIs (Body Mass
Index) which is calculated using your weight (kg) and height
(cm). We relaxed when we saw we were both a good weight.
For the last week we got into pairs and got involved in the very
complicated process of staining slides.
We had to go through a number of steps where we dipped the slides
in different solutions (that we all amazing shades of the rainbow)
to make sure that the tissue of the heart stood out when observing
it through a microscope.
We’ve really enjoyed our time at the Royal Veterinary College.
We’ve learnt that we should always eat healthily and exercise. Now
we know the effects of bad eating and not keeping fit, we know that
we will try to do our 60 minutes of exercise each day.
Also this course has majorly developed our knowledge of the heart.
We have gone back to Science lessons at school confident to talk
about arteries and veins.
We know now that the heart is a very important
. Without it we would simply fall apart!
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