39 students (including a few non-MCS students) came to school on the no-school day and enjoyed a hands-on workshop about "How the Body Works." The students were separated into K-3 and 4-6 grade groups. The day was divided into 4 talks about different body systems:
“How we Breathe”
gave students the opportunity to make a model lung, see and touch real lung specimens and learn about the parts and functions of the respiratory system;
“How we Move”
taught students about our muscles and bones, the principals of leverage that make muscles work, and students had the chance to see and touch a real skeleton;
“How we Talk”
showed students real video of the vocal cords and swallowing, taught about the vibratory principles that make the vocal cords work and gave students the chance to make a simple instrument out of a straw that demonstrates those vibratory principles;
“The Brain: Central Command”
taught students about how the brain controls the body, how it is organized, and what we all need to do to protect our brains (wear Helmets!), students also had the chance to see and touch a real brain and were even given a small chocolate brain with some important statistics that demonstrate why to use helmets all the time with cycling, skateboarding, skating, etc.
Lots of fun was had by students, faculty and volunteers alike! Our next MCS academy day will be “The Constitution and why it matters to you”, coming up on our next school holiday Thursday, November 4.
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