Blowing air through a cow-lung? Not quite your typical chore, especially for a seventh-grader. But for molly smith, it’s all in fun and learning. She and 50 other middle-schoolers are dissecting various animals as part of the Body Treck summer camp.
“Every day we do a different dissection so dissection, brain, kidneys and now pluck, which is a cow’s lungs, trachea, and heart.”
The Robert Crown Centers for education offers campers a two-week journey of hands-on exploration in anatomy.
“To dissect and understand the different parts of the organs, it helps them to learn about their own bodies that they of course can’t see inside.”
“It engages them from a very young age, to be able to tap into that energy and enthusiasm for the sciences, this is a perfect opportunity for them.
High school students that have experienced the camp in years past return as counselors. With their help, the campers try to detach the heart from the lungs.
“So that we can have a closer look at it and examine the antechambers.”
Campers also learn about the major vessels like the aorta and pulmonary arteries.
“They got to see how they interact, allow the heart to communicate with the lungs, the exchange of oxygen, getting it all around our body.”
Not only do the middle-schoolers learn about the body through dissection, but also learn from experts the various jobs available in the medical field, “like radiology and different nurse practitioners so it’s great for us to look ahead at what profession we would like to take,” said Junior Counselor, Karina Gar.”
All in all, campers and counselors alike recommend the camp as a fun and educational way to spend the summer.
“Even if you’re not interested in this kind of stuff, it’s just a great experience,” said Smith. “It’s not something you would do on a regular basis, honestly, but it’s just awesome.”
The Body Trek camp ends on July 24th with a closing ceremony that includes the campers’ parents. The Robert Crown Center offers three sessions for the camp every summer.
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